An American Plague
by Jim Murphy

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
by Jim Murphy

The yellow fever epidemic, 1793, was a crisis on a huge scale, centered in Philadelphia. Public health, politics, history, and science join to give the complete story of what was then an unknown killer. Newspaper articles coupled with reproductions of period art help bring that time back to life.

Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics. 

School Library Journal promises "you'll have students hooked on history."

Reading Level
Interest Level:  Gr. 6-10
DRA Level:  50

Lexile Measure:  1130L
Grade Equivalent:  8.9
Guided Reading: V


Awards Won
by this book

   - Newbery Honor 2004
   - National Book Honor
   - Boston Globe Book Award
   - American Library Association Notable Children's Book
   - American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults

   - American Library Association Sibert Informational Book Award
   - National Council for Teachers of English Notable Book
   - National Council for Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award
   - National Council for Social Studies Notable Book
   - National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Book