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"Lively text complemented by excellent, well-placed reproductions of photographs, drawings, flyers, woodcuts, posters and ads . . . . Who knew the biography of a germ could be so fascinating?" —Kirkus Review, starred review"This is a solid and timely addition to nonfiction resources on sickness and human history."—VOYA, 4Q 3P J S"An engaging read."—Horn Book"The writing is crisp and clinical . . . Students researching diseases or medical breakthroughs will find this book both informative and interesting."—School Library Journal, starred review"Wide ranging in breadth, yet always well focused on the topic at hand, this fascinating book offers a sharply detailed picture of tuberculosis throughout history."—Booklist, starred review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1200L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618535748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618535743
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2012
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Is TB "invincible"? and for whom is this book appropriate? I couldn't wait to read this as TB has been a historical, scientific and personal interest of mine for years--I studied microbiology through high school into graduate school. So I was quite interested to read "Invincible Microbe." This book shed nothing much new on what I already knew, however, it did provide some references to actual studies on the effects of sunlight on tuberculosis and the evidence of a metabolite of Vitamin D acting as a natural antibiotic. Now, that was something I was not aware of.

However, this book is mostly a rehash of the well-trodden ground of tuberculosis and its place in past and current events and it is well aimed at students. There are plentiful illustrations--good ones, and the text is well written and easy to understand.

The book includes updates such as Direct Observation Therapy (you have to watch the patient take the meds, because if they stop, you end up with a potentially resistant TB microbe proliferating) and discussion of resistant strains, which are on the rise and a real health problem. TB is still a major cause of death in many parts of the world. There is also a discussion of the role of immigrants in the fear of disease and how it pertains to today's immigration dilemma, comparing those who came through Ellis Island and the fear and discrimination they face (though Ellis Island sought to refuse entry to patently ill applicants for immigration) and compares the fear that the public had against new immigrants, a form of xenophobia to today's controversy about illegal aliens. There is an intimation that the prejudice against immigrants and illegal aliens today an identical issue; a fear of disease.
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I have read a lot of non-fiction books regarding TB and other infectious diseases (researching for my students' projects) and found this book to be well written, illustrated, and easy-to-read. The authors have done a fabulous job breaking complex terms and vocabulary into simplified, yet deep, explanations. The primary photographs used throughout the book capture the natural, and sometimes sad, state of TB patients. There is an array of illustrations, medical terminology, and historic context in this book making a must-have in my teaching collection. Highly recommended! No wishy-washy science in this book- simply factual evidence and historical findings.
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I am a homeschooling mother who prefers using real or "living books" instead of boring textbooks, especially for the middle school and elementary grades for learning about nonfiction topics such as science and history.

I own and have read several of Jim Murphy's books and appreciate that he writes detailed nonfiction books that educate deeply (and do not dumb down the content), that he can write in an engaging, non-boring style and that he does NOT use a patronizing tone. I also like that he sometimes chooses to write about topics that have been ignored by the children's publishing industry (like TB).

Murphy writes deeply on topics and some may even ask, "Do kids really want to know all this detail. Do they care?" and "Who is reading these books really"? This book is marketed to children aged 9-12. This is Murphy's first writing partnership with his wife Alison Blank who writes and edits children's publications. I noticed a difference in the writing style of this collaborative work. I got a sense that the writing was a bit watered down in the beginning of the book. However at other parts I thought maybe not enough was done to bring this down to the level of the age of the readers. Even a labeled gifted student or any bright kid at age 9 or 10 may not know the terms disingenuous or grudgingly, to name just two. Other times large or uncommon words are used when I felt the writing could have explained things a bit more or another word could have been selected. I was torn about the book, thinking sometimes it was "just right", sometimes it was a bit easier to read or simplified more than necessary yet other times it was talking over a 9-12 year Old's head.
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As a student at Boys Latin I hate science always have and probably always will but this was a great story about to fighting
a disease that unfortunately is still present today. And I feel the book was extremely informative with a lot of good facts plus it is such an easy read. I loved it!
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The book itself is easy to read, clearly written, informative, and well researched. Whether you have a history with tuberculosis or not, it is very interesting. However, the "new" book arrived with several pages dog-earred and turned down at the corners. Very disappointing for a new book.
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Jim Murphy and his wife Alison Blank have created an important, compelling, non-fiction narrative of the “Scourge to the Earth,” otherwise known as Tuberculosis. Using historical background, as well as photographs and other primary source documents, the story of Tuberculosis and its affect on humans as far back as 500,000 years ago is documented.

Also included are the many ways those suffering from Tuberculosis, also known as Consumption, sought cures. Details of the important advances made in medicine are unveiled, including the discovery of important antibiotics and drug therapies. Unfortunately, even in the year 2012, there is no cure for Tuberculosis, and it still rages unchecked in many nations of the world.

Murphy and Blank’s interesting and informative work will help students in both elementary and middle schools to better understand the disease, and the roles they can play in keeping it at bay.
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