Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Non-fiction wonders

The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne Jurmain.

This book delves into the medical mystery surrounding the cause of yellow fever. Following the steps taken in 1900 by American Walter Reed and his crew as they travel to Cuba to investigate three different theories about the deadly disease, readers will learn how far a team of researchers will go to find the answers they seek.

This is an excellent non-fiction book written for students in grade 5 and up. Intrigued by the story and the photographs, I actually stayed up late to finish reading it!

The Great and Only Barnum: the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum by Candace Fleming

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! This fantastic non-fiction book tells the wonderful tale of the one, the only P. T. Barnum. As a boy he grew up in poverty; as a man he became one of the best known and well loved people in the world. Learn how he achieved this wondrous feat!

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