Great Trouble : A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel
Children's - Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Make Way For BooksProvides a fascinating look at historical medical research within an exciting story.
Publisher Summary"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
A tale set against a backdrop of the mid-19th-century London cholera epidemic follows the survival efforts of a young orphan who supports himself by selling scavenged items from a polluted River Thames and who helps a pioneering doctor identify the source of the virulent disease. By the award-winning author of