The Invisible War
A World War I Tale on Two Scales
One Nurse. Trillions of microbes. A deadly WWI battle. In France of 1916, battlefield nurse Sister Annie Barnaby encounters a strain of lethal bacteria while treating a patient with dysentery. This army of bacteria invades deep into her gut, rallying the resident microbes to fight for their lives—and hers! Enter the phage, deadly microscopic predators, ready to wage war and protect their host. This graphic novel examines what happens when bacteria attacks the body and how the body’s defenses respond, drawing upon parallels to wartime combat.
|Interest Level||Grade 8 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|Genre||Fiction, Graphic Novels, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™|
|Number of Pages||80|
“Wild and Barr have a contagious passion for their subject, and leaving this out for casual browsing could work wonders . . .”—Booklist
School Library Journal
“[U]nique and instructive. . . . A complementary text to science and history curricula.”—School Library Journal
“Grossly fabulous.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
Author: Ailsa Wild
Ailsa Wild is a performer, artist, and the author of The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon; Zobi and the Zoox; and the Squishy Taylor series. The Invisible War is her first graphic novel. She lives in Australia.
Author: Jeremy Barr
Dr. Jeremy Barr served as the science adviser on The Invisible War and is also a lecturer at Monash University's School of Biological Sciences in Melbourne, Australia.
Author: Gregory Crocetti
Dr. Gregory Crocetti worked for a decade as a microbial ecologist before cofounding Scale Free Network. His goal is to teach the world that microbes are marvelous. He lives in Australia.
Illustrator: Ben Hutchings
Ben Hutchings's work appears all over, from children's comics to magazines for prison inmates. Ben was a cofounder of Australia's first cartoonists' studio, Squishface Comic Studio, where he works as a freelance cartoonist.