“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Friday, March 4, 2011

Deadly • Teen fiction

Available now  Athenaeum Books for Young Readers • Ages 12 and up
A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York.  Could the city's future rest with its most unlikely scientist?
Story:  Every week more people fall ill, and despite thorough investigation, there's no cause in sight.  It's not until sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski takes a job as an assistant in a laboratory that the evidence begins to fall into place.  It seems one person has worked in every home the fever has ravaged:  Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant quickly dubbed 'Typhoid Mary' by the press.  Strangely, though, Mary hasn't been sick a day in her life.  Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination?  Or is she the first clue in a new scientific discovery?

Prudence is determined to find out.  In a time when science is for men, she'll have to prove to the city, and to herself, that she can help solve one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century.
Story behind the story: "Growing up, kids joked about Typhoid Mary as a killer who intentionally infected millions," says author Julie Chibbaro.  "When I learned the true story of the Irish immigrant who caused an epidemic in NYC in 1906, I knew I had to write Deadly. To battle this daunting woman, I had to create a strong teen girl who needed to stop the spreading fever.  I called her Prudence – read her diary to find out how she overcame this deadly outbreak!"
About the author:  Julie Chibbaro grew up in New York City wondering how so many people could live together without infecting one another with mortal diseases.  After attending Performing Arts High School for theater, she ran away to Mexico, where she survived an earthquake and a motorcycle crash and learned a little something about death.  Returning to New York, she decided to create her own fictional characters instead of playing them.  Julie Chibbaro is the author of REDEMPTION, which won a 2005 American Book Award.  Julie teaches fiction and creative writing in New York.  . 

“A deeply personal coming-of-age story set in an era of tumultuous social change, this is top-notch historical fiction that highlights the struggle between rational science and popular opinion as shaped by a sensational, 
reactionary press.” – School Library Journal, 2/11

“You guys.  I just finished Deadly by Julie Chibbaro and it is fabulous!  It gets an A+ on the Mattie Gokey Scale of General Awesomeness.” – Abby the Librarian

“I was fascinated by the true story that is revealed through reading DEADLY, Julie Chibbaro's fictionalized account of the events in New York City and Long Island at the dawn of the Twentieth century. . . . much of my fondness for this story comes from contemplating how the specific legal issues here fit into a more generalized level of tension between the rights of the individual and the interests of society.” – Richie’s Picks
Visit the author's website to download an excerpt and a guide, Skype her or request a visit, learn more about the illustrator Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, connect with her on Facebook and Twitter, or email to say hi!

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