Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrations by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Natural and man-made disasters have the power to destroy thousands of lives very quickly. Both as they unfold and in the aftermath, these forces of nature astonish the rest of the world with their incredible devastation and magnitude. In this collection of ten well-known catastrophes such as the great Chicago fire, the sinking of the Titanic, and hurricane Katrina, Brenda Guiberson explores the causes and effects, as well as the local and global reverberations of these calamitous events. Highlighted with photographs and drawings, each compelling account tells the story of destruction and devastation, and most especially, the power of mankind to persevere in the face of adversity.
The Parasitic Horror
A Tricky Virus
Starting in the early 1600s, a great disaster struck Native Americans living across the land that would become the United States and Canada. Their population was drastically reduced, from 20 million to less than one million. Ninety-five percent dead, with some tribes extinct! One cause of this great tragedy was a microbe so small that 50,000 of them could fit on the period at the end of this sentence.
This horror was the smallpox virus. As a parasite, it must continually find a new human host or it will
“A perfect example of solid historical research coupled with engaging writing.” --School Library Journal
“Useful for research and often fascinating, this is a very readable presentation of historical disasters.” --Booklist
“Good for pleasure reading and as a starting point for research.” --Kirkus Reviews