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An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793

by Jim Murphy

  Print book : Elementary and junior high school

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the real plaque    (2010-09-25)


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by tarpleyguy


The real plaque


Author: Jim Murphy

Award: Sibert Award Winner, (2004)

Format: Chapter Book

Genre: Informational Book

Plot summary: In 1793 Philadelphia has an outbreak of yellow fever affecting the people and city.  Many are killed from this illness.

Personal response: I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t seem to stop reading it. I learned about yellow fever that I did not know. I like when books actually teach me something new. I like how in the beginning it has a map of Philadelphia. The map Helps us the reader picture things more clearly in our heads. Also, it contains a directory of the people who live there. The chapters heading are big and bold letters. I like how it has descriptions under the pictures to let us know what it is about.


Murphy, J. (2003). An American plague: The true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. New York: Clarion Books.


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