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Gail Jarrow


Gail Jarrow

Gail Jarrow is the author of nonfiction books and novels, including The Amazing Harry Kellar, Great American Magician; Lincoln's Flying Spies; The Printer's Trial; and Robert H. Jackson, New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor.

Her nonfiction books have earned a YALSA Award Nomination for Excellence in Nonfiction, an Orbis Pictus recommendation by the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as Kirkus Reviews Best Book and VOYA Honor Book distinctions. Jarrow has received additional awards and recognition from the American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, National Science Teachers Association & the Children's Book Council, Public Library Association, the Society of School Librarians International, Junior Library Guild, and Bank Street College of Education.

A graduate of Duke University and Dartmouth College, Gail Jarrow lives in Ithaca, New York.

Gail Jarrow

Books by Gail Jarrow

by Gail Jarrow - Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Cultural Studies, Fiction, History, Performing Arts

On the night of October 30, 1938, thousands of Americans panicked when they believed that Martians had invaded Earth. What appeared to be breaking news about an alien invasion was in fact a radio drama based on H. G. Wells's WAR OF THE WORLDS, performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players. Some listeners became angry once they realized they had been tricked, and the reaction to the broadcast sparked a national discussion about fake news, propaganda and the role of radio. 

by Gail Jarrow - Children's Nonfiction

FATAL FEVER: TRACKING DOWN TYPHOID MARY is the first middle-grade trade book that tells the true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection, and the health department that decided her fate. This gripping story follows this tragic disease as it shatters lives from the early twentieth century to today. It will keep readers on the edges of the seats wondering what happened to Mary and the innocent typhoid victims

by Gail Jarrow - Children's Nonfiction, History, Medicine

One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America’s South, striking tens of thousands of victims. No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead. Award-winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it.