The Invisible War

A World War I Tale on Two Scales

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

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.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2019-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF010110, YAF010050, YAF023010
Dewey 741.5/994
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 470
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 501319
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Fast facts, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews



“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

Kirkus Reviews

“Grossly fabulous.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

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.

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: 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.

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.