The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel

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By (author) Deborah Hopkinson, Read by Kimberly Farr, Read by Matthew Frow

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  • Publisher: Listening Library
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 147mm x 30mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 10 September 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0804123594
  • ISBN 13: 9780804123594
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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"A delightful combination of race-against-the-clock medical mystery and outwit-the-bad-guys adventure." --"Publishers Weekly, "Starred Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a "mudlark," he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He's being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he's got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a week to keep safe. But even for Eel, things aren't so bad until that fateful August day in 1854--the day the deadly cholera ("blue death") comes to Broad Street. Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the epidemic surges, it's up to Eel and his best friend, Florrie, to gather evidence to prove Dr. Snow's theory--before the entire neighborhood is wiped out. "Hopkinson illuminates a pivotal chapter in the history of public health. . . . Accessible . . . and entertaining." --"School Library Journal, "Starred "For [readers] who love suspense, drama, and mystery." --"TIME for Kids" "From the Hardcover edition."

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DEBORAH HOPKINSON has written more than 40 books for young readers. Her picture books include "Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, " an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book; Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection; "A Boy Called Dickens;" and the ALA Notable Book "Apples to Oregon." She is also the author of the middle-grade novel "Into the Firestorm: A Novel of San Francisco, 1906."

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 2, 2013: "Hopkinson adeptly recreates the crowded, infested streets of London, but it's her distinct, layered characters and turbulent, yet believable plot that make this a captivating read." Starred Review, School Library Journal, October 2013: "Although detailing a dire period in history, Eel tells his story in a matter-of-fact and accessible manner, making his story palatable and entertaining." "From the Hardcover edition."