Epidemics and Scourges Through the Ages

From the Series The Sickening History of Medicine

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Being sick is horrible. But it used to be worse. Inside this book, you’ll see evidence of the plagues of the past—rotting skin, dissolving lungs, and sinister swelling all over the body. Diseases like the Black Death wiped out whole towns and villages. Tuberculosis consumed young people like a bloodsucking vampire. And Smallpox left its victims scarred for life—if they survived. At the time, no one knew where these killer diseases came from or how to treat them. But eventually doctors discovered how these diseases and others were spread. Being sick isn’t quite as sickening as it was in the past!

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Category Science, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Hungry Tomato ®
Imprint Hungry Tomato ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 10.2
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025000, JNF024020
Dewey 616.009
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1080
Guided Reading Level Z
ATOS Reading Level 6.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 189209
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents


School Library Journal

“Reluctant readers, history enthusiasts, and trivia buffs are but a few of the kids who will enjoy the content in these repulsive reads.”—School Library Journal

Author: John Farndon

John Farndon is Royal Literary Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, and the author of a huge number of books for adults and children on science, technology, and nature.

Illustrator: Venitia Dean

Venitia Dean is a freelance illustrator who grew up in Brighton, UK. She has always loved drawing, ever since she could hold a pencil! As a teenager, she discovered a passion for figurative illustration, and then when she turned nineteen she was given a digital drawing tablet for her birthday and started transferring her work to the computer. She hasn't looked back since! As well as illustration, Venitia loves reading graphic novels and walking her dog, Peanut.