When Plague Strikes by James Cross Giblin
The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS

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Compassionate and arresting, this exploration of three major diseases that have changed the course of history—the bubonic plague, smallpox, and AIDS—chronicles their fearsome death toll, their lasting social, economic, and political implications, and how medical knowledge and treatments have advanced as a result of the crises they have occasioned. "A book that would serve well for reports, but it is also a fascinating read."—SLJ.

Best Books of 1995 (SLJ)
Notable Children's Trade Books in Social Studies 1996 (NCSS/CBC)
1995 Young Adult Editors’ Choices (BL)
1995 Top of the List Non Fiction (BL)
1996 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
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About James Cross Giblin

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James Cross Giblin is the author of more than 20 critically acclaimed books for young people. One of his recent books for Clarion, "The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, "received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books. Mr. Giblin lives in New York City. David Frampton is celebrated for his woodcut illustrations, which have appeared in many books, including several for Clarion. He lives in Richmond, New Hampshire.
Published October 1, 1995 by HarperCollins Publishers. 212 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Three profiles of epidemics--the bubonic plague, smallpox, and AIDS--each one a cohesive cross section of history, medicine, and biology.

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His lessons that ignorance and fear lead to cruelty establish the tone for the AIDS section, where he skillfully outlines the reactions of politicians, health officials and gay activists to the gradual discovery of the AIDS virus.

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""The devastating spread of three epidemic diseases, and the many responses they have evoked, are insightfully covered in this illuminating book,"" said PW in a starred review.

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