Notable Social Studies Trade Book, 2010
Winner of the Cybil award for nonfiction.
Recommended by the National Science Teachers’ Association.
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.