Newbery Review: An American Plague


Because I’ve been having trouble posting a third weekly post with my new work schedule, I’ve decided to introduce a new feature: the weekend Mini Review!  This short review will be posted on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday each week.

This Newbery book was fantastic!  I loved it way more than I ever enjoy nonfiction books.  I kept reading sentences and factoids aloud to my husband, and I devoured it in two hours.

The book talks about the yellow fever plague that swept through Philadelphia in 1793, killing thousands in a matter of weeks.  It is compulsively readable and full of interesting facts about treatments, politics, racial issues, and disease control at the time.  I absolutely loved it.  Any kid (or adult!) who’s interested in lesser-known areas of history will love it, too.

Rating: Re-read Worthy

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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