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American Murderer by Gail Jarrow
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American Murderer by Gail Jarrow
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Sep 27, 2022 | ISBN 9781684378159

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★ ”Jarrow’s impeccable research and fascinating details will keep [readers] hooked, especially when they discover that this creature, known as Necator americanus—the American murderer—is a hookworm that once plagued the South…Numerous archival photos place readers in the time period, while a concluding chapter looks at ongoing parasitic-worm dangers across the globe…An engrossing blend of history and STEM.” —Booklist, starred review

“Jarrow’s coverage of the biological mystery is well-organized and deftly explained, and she also skillfully handles the social context of a condition that largely affected marginalized populations. Readers who wish to delve deeper into the topic are assisted by a glossary, bibliography and website list, source notes, timeline, index, and author’s note on research.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The title is a literal translation of the hookworm’s scientific name Necator americanus, but the lurid details don’t stop there as Jarrow goes on to expand…accounts of the creepy creature’s life cycle and the discovery of just how disturbingly prevalent ‘America’s bloodsucking murderer’ was in the South in the 19th and early 20th centuries… [A] searching look at the borders between science and society.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Scientific and societal intersections are…explored in this introspective work, which features straightforward prose and informative sidebars detailing other historical Southern maladies and the scientists who studied them. Photographs, diagrams, and microscopic slides are included throughout; a timeline, glossary, and additional information conclude.” —Publishers Weekly

“Jarrow…who has carved out a niche for herself in the history of science and medicine, here adeptly weaves solid research, primary-source quotes, and historical artifacts with elements of mystery for a compelling read.” —The Horn Book

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