Hope Juvenile Treatment Center is a misnomer; there is no hope in this juvenile detention center. When the guards start acting odd and then its residents wake up to no supervision, the teens feel a little celebratory. Though they’ve grown accustomed to living by strict schedules and demands, now they get to make all of the decisions. And one of the first choices is do we leave to find out what’s going on, or do we stay with what we know? The answer splits Hope’s residents in half, only to have the group who leaves discover that a deadly, highly contagious disease is spreading outside of the boundary fence. Armed guards, in fact, are stationed at the gate to keep them in, and they have no words of advice or comfort. When illness breaks out at Hope, the teens must join together to survive. But getting close to and helping others goes against everything they’re used to and puts them at a greater risk of becoming sick. As more people become ill and supplies dwindle, leaders step up to help. But with no rescue or aid in sight, will these teens make it out alive or will the infectious disease take over?
THOUGHTS: Written during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Nijkamp will captivate readers with this sci-fi thriller. Narrated by a diverse group of teens, readers will root for their survival and be amazed at what limits they push themselves to in order to make it out alive. Recommended for high school collections.
Science Fiction Maryalice Bond, South Middleton SD
Aids Crisis. 978-1-098-22325-0.
Black Death. 978-1-098-22326-7.
Covid-19 Pandemic. 978-1-098-22327-4.
Ebola Outbreak. 978-1-098-22328-1.
Spanish Flu. 978-1-098-22329-8.
Typhoid Epidemic. 978-1-098-22330-4.
Covid – 19 Pandemic is a nonfiction book about the Covid 19 pandemic and features information about the beginning of the virus as well as some of the more recent information. There is nothing found within this nonfiction book about the vaccines; however, it does mention that the scientists are continuing to work on something for Covid-19. There is a glossary found in the back of the book, as well as an index. There is a QR code found in the back of the book that can be scanned to find more information about Covid-19. There are links from this QR code that go to the CDC Covid-19 website, the World Covid Case meter, and the WHO COVID timeline.
THOUGHTS: Overall, this is a great introduction to Covid-19, and is a great book to start learning about Covid-19. As the information changed, the book might become outdated quickly however, it is a good book to start with.
614.49 Diseases Mary Hyson, Lehigh Valley Regional Charter Academy
Jarrow, Gail. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2015. 978-1-62091-597-4. 176p. $16.95. Gr. 5-12.
Many people have heard of Typhoid Mary but not the whole story, and now with this book, we have a science lesson, a history lesson and a biography. The reader has to go back in time when cities were making a correlation between poor sanitation and illness, particularly typhoid, a terrible and sometimes deadly disease. Once cities cleaned up the problem, typhoid was on the decline except for some serious outbreaks. Mary Mallon, a cook, was found to have a connection to the spread of typhoid and authorities wanted her so she could be stopped. After her capture, Mary was found to be a healthy carrier. She had never been sick, but examination of her feces found the bacteria thriving. Ultimately Mary was placed in a forced quarantine to protect others. Overall, she was definitely linked to 47 illnesses and 3 deaths but her whereabouts were unknown at times. Mary died still believing that she was not responsible for making anyone sick. This book has wonderful pictures and graphics to help tell the story of this angry, sad but ultimately dangerous woman. This book was honored with starred reviews from SLJ, Kirkus, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly. It is also the second book of a planned trilogy of books investigating diseases. The first book was Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat and the third book Bubonic Panic will be published in 2016.
614.5112; Epidemics Marian Kohan, Erie School District
Rawl, Paige and Ali Benjamin. Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Changing: the World. New York HarperCollins, 2014. 978- 0062342515 272p. $18.99. Gr. 6-12.
Paige Rawl was born with HIV, and one day in middle school she told her best friend her secret; thus begins the bullying and harassment that led to her homeschooling and suicide attempt. It also led her on a journey of self-discovery and purpose. By the age of 18 she became instrumental in creating anti-bullying legislation in her state. She also became the face and voice of those affected by AIDS/HIV. Today at the age of 20, she continues to advocate for those who are bullied for any reason and for those whose lives are touched by HIV. “My HIV, I realized, had done something for me that I wouldn’t have known to do for myself: it had given me a way out. It had taken me out of the smallness of the world I’d started in, and given me a glimpse of something bigger. It had shown me things that were far more meaningful than I might have seen otherwise.” Paige’s story and her strength to stand up for what is right and good in the world is just what the title says: Positive.
362.196; Memior Marian Kohan, Erie School District