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Purple Death

Written by David Getz and illustrated by Peter McCarty
Published by Square Fish
Goodreads Rating - 3.4 / 5.0
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What's Purple Death About

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It was the worst epidemic in this country’s history, and the search for its cause is still one of science’s most urgent quests. It was 1918, the last year of World War 1. Thousands of men lived in the crowded army training camps that were scattered all across the United States. That spring, a strange flu struck the soldiers at a camp in the Midwest. Healthy young men went to the hospital complaining of sore throats and fevers. Within hours they had suffocated, their skin taking on a terrible purplish hue. The devastating flu spread like wildfire across the country, infecting soldiers and civilians alike. It killed more than half a million people in a matter of months, then disappeared as suddenly as it had come. To this day, no one knows what caused a common flu to become so deadly, but scientists are still searching for answers. What they discover could save millions of lives if another common flu virus suddenly turns into a killer. In this riveting account, acclaimed nonfiction author David Getz tells young readers the story of the mysterious flu known as the Purple Death — the virus responsible for the worst epidemic in American history.

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Who Wrote Purple Death

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David Getz

David Getz is the award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Thin Air and Almost Famous and the nonfiction books Frozen Man and Life on Mars. When not writing, Mr. Getz works as an elementary-school principal in New York City.

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Who Illustrated Purple Death

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Peter McCarty

Peter McCarty is the Caldecott Honor—winning author and illustrator of Hondo and Fabian. He also teamed up with David Getz on Frozen Man, Life on Mars, and Purple Death. Mr. McCarty lives with his wife and two children in Upstate New York.

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
1250139090
ISBN 13:
9781250139092
Publication Date:
September 19, 2017