This story is a nonfiction account of the discovery of the vaccine that prevented the dreaded polio virus. Readers will learn how this discovery had an impact worldwide on the health of various populations. The full-color illustrations make an enormous impact on the story. Vocabulary has been well-selected. This book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or as a source for research. The book is written in graphic form that has always been a favorite of mine. It opens the door to reading for ESL students and reluctant readers, and provides high interest at a lower level. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphic format and fast paced text. The author includes a box on most pages that includes narration giving extra information to the reader to help with comprehension. At the end of the book the author includes two pages set up in a time line manner with further information about the events that led up to the vaccine discovery. The author also includes a "Glossary" with a pronunciation guide and a list of other books. The web site section gives step-by-step directions about how to use the Fact Hound web site. This web site is particularly good because it is set up to allow the user to select the grade level of information they want. Every time I review one of the books from this series, I never fail to learn something new. I was not aware that a drug company did not follow the exact steps in making the new vaccine, and that over 204 individuals contracted polio from the vaccine. I highly recommend this book that is part of the "Graphic Library" series.
Katherine Krohn is the author of many books for young readers, including biographies, fiction, and graphic science and history books. Her books on supernatural subjects include Haunted Houses (Capstone Press) and Fortune Telling (Kidhaven Press). Krohn was born in Germany and grew up in the Detroit area. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest, home of many reported bigfoot sightings.