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

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

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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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  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 147.32 x 30.48mm | 181.44g
  • 10 Sep 2013
  • Listening Library
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0804123594
  • 9780804123594

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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.""

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