Columbus sailed the ocean blue—transporting smallpox, syphilis, and scurvy, too! This title offers a tour of diseases through time, from old-world plagues, poxes, and pestilences to the contemporary global epidemics of AIDS/HIV, H1N1, and SARS. Sisters Love and Drake take a lighthearted narrative approach to this tragic saga, which is accompanied by Slavin’s colorful and often comical illustrations. Dramatic scenarios, news stories, and even fables personalize and contextualize the accounts of human devastation throughout history, and biographical sketches of notable scientists and health-care workers, including Louis Pasteur and Florence Nightingale, add further interest. A brief glossary and index may leave young researchers wishing for more extensive back matter. Still, this overview will fascinate many and leave them pondering the hygienic behavioral changes that pandemic-surviving societies have achieved. As the authors state, clean living is “the reason you’re alive.” Feeling lousy? Wash your hands long enough to sing the alphabet. Really. Do it now. Grades 6-9. --Gail Bush
SHORTLIST Outstanding Youth Book for the Canadian Science Writers’ Association Book Awards
Praise for Talking Tails
"...succinctly and effectively infusing facts ... informative..." - School Library Journal
"Bill Slavin's lovely illustrations are a perfect match for the chatty, lively text." - Resource Links
will be a popular gift book. Give it to young readers with or without pets so they can discover the rich connection to be found in the right pet relationship.... Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine
Praise for Yes You Can!
"Drake and Love ... seek to inspire and embolden budding social activists with a nine-step model for change.... The historic timelines successfully demonstrate the long history surrounding the themes explored ... a model for activism...." - Recommended, CM Magazine