Little Monsters: The Creatures That Live On Us And In Us

Paperback | February 2, 2016

byAlbert Marrin

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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!

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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...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.5 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0147519136

ISBN - 13:9780147519139

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PROLOGUEMy First ParasiteWhen I was little, my family lived in a crowded New York City neighborhood. Street after street of tall apartment houses stood side by side, stretching into the distance for miles. The streets echoed to the constant rumble of traffic.     Luckily, Van Cortlandt Park lay within walking distance to our street. It was a two-mile walkm, but my friends and I went to the park often. It had a swimming pool, running track, tennis courts, and baseball fields. Best of all, it had a vast, wild area where we played "Jungle." We would crawl through the tangled brush or lie still in the tall grass, waiting to shoot each other with toy guns.     Once, as I got ready for bed after a long day of Jungle, I noticed several tiny brownish things clinging to my legs. They had hard shells, and felt like seeds. Yet, when I tried to brush them off, they did not budge. Instead, they seemed to tighten their grip with sharp tongs. It hurt.     "Ticks," said the emergency-room doctor in the local hospital. "Your boy has ticks," he told my father, frowning. As the white-coated man spoke, he held up one of the tweezers he had used to remove it ever so gently. This was my first meeting with a parasite.     The doctor explained that ticks need to attach themselves to warm-blooded creatures like dogs, cats, squirrels--and people. Especially to little boys who play Jungle! Once attached, a tick bites the animal and sucks its blood. When it has taken its fill, the tick, swollen to three times normal size, drops to the ground. After digesting the blood, it will seek another animal for another meal of blood.     Although I went on to become a professor of history, I have been interested in parasites ever since my run-in with those ticks. Over the years, I learned that everyone has parasites of one sort or another. Not only are parasites fascinating in thelmselves, they have helped shape human history for uncounted generations. This book tells their story.

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"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 WeeklyThe 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