Purple Death: The Mysterious Flu of 1918by David Getz, Peter McCarty (Illustrator)
The devastating flu spread across the country like wildfire. It killed more
It Was 1918, the last year of World War I. That spring, a strange flu struck the soldiers at an army training camp in the Midwest. Healthy young men went to the hospital complaining of sore throats and fevers. Within hours they turned a terrible purplish color and died from lack of oxygen.
The devastating flu spread across the country like wildfire. It killed more than half a million people in a matter of months, then disappeared as suddenly as it had come. To this day, no one knows what caused a common flu to become so deadly, but scientists are still searching for answers.
- Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.82(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.51(d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 10 Years
Meet the Author
David Getz is the award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Thin Air and Almost Famous, and the nonfiction books Life on Mars, Frozen Man and Frozen Girl. When not writing, Mr. Getz works as an elementary-school principal in New York City.
Peter McCarty is the Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator of Hondo and Fabian. He also teamed up with David Getz on Frozen Man, Frozen Girl, and Life on Mars. Mr. McCarty lives with his wife and two children in Upstate New York.
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I think this book was a well written story about the flu of 1918-1919.. If I had to rate this book on a scale from 1 to 10 it would be a 9. My mother has also read this book and she enjoyed it very much.