Fleas, ticks, lice, parasites--award-winning nonfiction author Albert Marrin explores all of these gross creatures and more in this fascinating volume--now in a new format!
From nonfiction master Albert Marrin, here is the shocking story of the longest running war of all time: man versus parasite. From fleas, ticks, lice, and bedbugs to worms, mites, leeches, and maggots, Marrin explains what parasites are, how they invade our bodies, and their effects for good or ill. At their best, parasites have saved limbs and lives; at their worst, they've been responsible for the deaths of billions. With photographs and illustrations throughout, this exploration of the hidden world exposes the creatures responsible for making our skin crawl--since the beginning of time.
Reformatted to a digest-sized paperback and retaining all of the original content, this exploration of what's eating you--literally--is sure to appeal to middle graders everywhere!
About the Author
Albert Marrin is a highly-acclaimed historian and author who received a National Endowment for the Humanities Medal for his work. He has created more than 40 non-fiction books for young readers, including OH, RATS and YEARS OF DUST. He lives in Riverdale, New York.
"There's a definite ick factor at work, but even squeamish readers should appreciate the clear, balanced approach to exploring some of our more unpleasant cohabiters."--Publishers Weekly
The impact of fleas, ticks, lice, bedbugs, worms, mites, leeches, and maggots is scientifically addressed. This is a balanced presentation of both the good and bad effects of these parasites, and the human efforts to combat the latter."--Children's Literature