Monday, February 21, 2011

Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

Chibbaro, Julie Deadly, 304 p. Atheneum (Simon), 2011.  Content: G.  Prudence Galewski in discontent with her private school life.  1906 must have more options available.  To women besides learning how to keep house for a man.  When she sees a chance to work with the director of the Department of Health and Sanitation, she grabs it as chance to learn more about the workings of the human body – a particular passion of hers since the death of her beloved older brother from disease and the loss of her father in the Spanish-American War.  Prudence’s new job will send her and her boss into the world of infectious diseases as they track down the source of a typhoid outbreak in New York City.  Chibarro’s book is a very smart look at the case of “Typhoid Mary”, who is really only a footnote in history to today’s teens – and pretty much everybody.  I certainly learned a lot.  Because of our large historical fiction usage, I will definitely be buying this one.  I bet some of my teachers will be very interested to read it too.  MS, HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher

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