Bubonic Panic

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens

In March 1900, San Francisco’s health department investigated a strange and horrible death in Chinatown. A man had died of bubonic plague, one of the world’s deadliest diseases. But how could that be possible? Bubonic Panic tells the true story of America’s first plague epidemic—the public health doctors who desperately fought to end it, the political leaders who tried to keep it hidden, and the brave scientists who uncovered the plague’s secrets. Once again, acclaimed author and scientific expert Gail Jarrow brings the history of a medical mystery to life in vivid and exciting detail for young readers. This title includes photographs and drawings, a glossary, a timeline, further resources, an author’s note, and source notes.

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  • Clementine
    Jan 17, 2017


    Very thorough, fascinating look at the plague outbreak(s) throughout history. Great for middle grade and teen readers who have an interest in pandemics, science, or history. Super accessible. ...

  • Jennifer Mangler
    Jan 12, 2017

    Jennifer Mangler

    I learned so much about the San Francisco plague epidemic from this book. It's a truly fascinating story! Jarrow does a masterful job of exploring how race relations and mistrust of authority played a devastating role in this outbreak. One of the things that struck me most about this b...

  • Alice
    Dec 29, 2016


    Fascinating...I liked her Typhoid book better ...

  • Lynn
    Dec 23, 2016


    Fascinating!! Jarrow's focus is on the third pandemic wave of the Bubonic Plague and the events surrounding its invasion of America in 1900. While a clear explanation of the disease and its forms, the book examines scientific understanding and the sharing and/or resistance to new disco...

  • Jeannie
    Dec 14, 2016


    The word "plague" strikes fear in the hearts of many people. Although some think it ancient history, Gale Jarrow's book informs us that it can still be extremely deadly even today. This informative book makes fascinating and thought provoking reading. It will capture the attention of r...

  • Carrie Shaurette
    Nov 25, 2016

    Carrie Shaurette

    Jarrow tells a good story while informing her readers about one of the world's scariest diseases. There are several well done sections, particularly with the discrimination experienced by the Chinese when plague first arrived in San Francisco and the plague deniers that tried to refute...

  • Angie
    Nov 21, 2016


    Creepy and cool at the same time! ...

  • Alice
    Nov 16, 2016


    I hate mice, rats and anything or rodent with a rat like tail. Why, because of books like this. My rat phobia comes from a film my teacher shown us in 8th grade called the Pied Piper of Hamlin...with live rats all through the live set. Throw in a field mice running around our kitchen a...

  • Kelly
    Oct 27, 2016


    This middle grade nonfiction title explores the third wave of bubonic plague, which hit the US in the early 1900s. More specifically, it delves into the ways that society and politicians chose to handle the public health crisis which was wildly -- and unsurprisingly -- racist against A...

  • Paula
    Oct 20, 2016


    Frightful, informative and very well done. ...