When presenting to students and teachers about my book, The Ballad of Jessie Pearl, I always mention Jim Murphy's non-fiction title, Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never Ending Search for a Cure. So it was with great interest that I read a blog post by Lisa Storm Fink called Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading.
Lisa shares ways teachers can use historical fiction and nonfiction titles about communicable diseases in the classroom. I particularly like that she offers two attachments:
- Questions to Consider While Reading Historical Fiction and
- A List of Applicable Titles.
Several more books about infectious diseases have been written since the list in number two was compiled. I would suggest teachers also consider the following:
1. Winnie's War by Jennie Moss, (Spanish Influenza).
2. Blue and its sequel Comfort by Joyce Moyer Hostetter, (Polio).
3. The Ballad of Jessie Pearl by Shannon Hitchcock, (Tuberculosis).
4. Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy.