World of Viruses

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We live in a world of viruses, biological entities to be confronted not by superheroes in capes but by scientists and informed citizens during their everyday lives. From the bustle of the airport to the wide expanse of the ocean to the remote tundra of the Arctic, viruses infect many different fronts in fascinatingly unique ways.

World of Viruses is a graphic novel that contains the thrilling true stories of well-known threats like foot and mouth disease, HIV, the flu, and HPV, ...

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Overview

We live in a world of viruses, biological entities to be confronted not by superheroes in capes but by scientists and informed citizens during their everyday lives. From the bustle of the airport to the wide expanse of the ocean to the remote tundra of the Arctic, viruses infect many different fronts in fascinatingly unique ways.

World of Viruses is a graphic novel that contains the thrilling true stories of well-known threats like foot and mouth disease, HIV, the flu, and HPV, as well as the lesser-known but helpful role that viruses play in saving global ecosystems from out-of-control blooms of algae. The talented artists and writers included in this spectacular graphic novel feature the heroics and adventures of viruses and scientists, as they challenge each other for survival on planet Earth.
 

 

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Editorial Reviews

Skipping Stones Magazine

"Captivating and informative."—Skipping Stones Magazine
Bid Muddy - Cory Troske

"While most graphic novels exist simply to entertain, this one both entertains and informs the audience in an intellectual manner, which is a nice change of pace."—Cory Troske, Bid Muddy
VOYA - Stacy Holbrook
In this graphic novel, science fiction combines with nonfiction to describe some common, and not so common, viruses. Five short stories, each represented in a different artistic style, explain a virus's struggle to survive, as well as the steps scientists are taking to eradicate it, all with a science fiction theme. For example, in "Confined!" the Foot and Mouth Disease virus is depicted as a prisoner, telling the story of his mutation and confinement. Meanwhile, the scientist view tells the story of how FMD is studied. Following the graphic version of each story is an essay further explaining the virus and expanding upon the facts detailed within the story. Interested teens will also find a QR code in the back of the book providing a link to radio documentaries with more information and an illustration of what the virus in each story actually looks. World Of Viruses is a grant-funded project which provides much information about viruses and what scientists are doing to stop them. While the text is mostly nonfiction, the illustrations provide the fictionalization. This is a clever way to get teens to learn more about viruses, especially reluctant readers; however, those looking for more of a storyline may be disappointed. This would be a good addition for school libraries, especially as it would support the Common Core Standards for reading nonfiction text in a way that is accessible and understandable to students. Reviewer: Stacy Holbrook
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803243927
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Diamond is a professor and curator of informal science education at the University of Nebraska State Museum and the coauthor of Kea, Bird of Paradox: The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot. Tom Floyd is a multimedia graphics designer at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and the author and illustrator of Captain Spectre. Martin Powell is the author of many graphic novels, including Rumpelstiltskin and The Avenger Chronicles. Angie Fox is a scientific illustrator with the University of Nebraska State Museum. Ann Downer-Hazell is the author of eight books for young readers, most recently Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication. Charles Wood is the Lewis Lehr/3M University Professor and director of the Nebraska Center for Virology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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