Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America
by Gail Jarrow
Grades 5 & up
Starting with an overview of the Bubonic Plague through history, this focuses primarily on the outbreak that started in 1900 in the Chinatown area of San Francisco. Ms. Jarrow does an excellent job explaining the myths and prejudices surrounding the various outbreaks which continued into the 20th century when the Plague first showed up in North America. She also explains the science and skepticism that accompanied the search for the cause, cure, and prevention. Pair this with Chasing Secrets for a fictional look at the same outbreak. Highly recommended for grades 5 and up.