Critics Say
Even reluctant readers will respond to theā€¦conversational writing full of questions and cliffhangers.
-Kirkus
A thrilling account of the scientific process in action.
-Horn Book
Exemplary nonfiction.
-School Library Journal

Notable Social Studies Trade Book, 2010

Winner of the Cybil award for nonfiction.

- Awards

Recommended by the National Science Teachers’ Association.

The Secret of the Yellow Death
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009

This is the true, fast-paced story of how four Americans and one Cuban risked their lives to track down a killer, one of the world’s most vicious plagues:  yellow fever.  Set on the fever-stricken island of Cuba, it allows the reader to smell the stench of disease and hear the whine of mosquitoes as volunteers endure a series of dangerous experiments.  Focusing on the importance of the scientific method and exploring themes of courage, cooperation, and the ethics of human experimentation, this gripping account is ultimately a story of the triumph of science.