Fatal Fever

Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

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ISBN: 9781620915974

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Learn about the 1907 outbreak of typhoid fever and "Typhoid Mary" in this book perfect to share with young readers interested in a historical perspective of the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic that is gripping the world today.

Meet Mary Mallon, a hardworking Irish cook hired by several of New York’s well-to-do families, who ultimately came to be known as "Typhoid Mary". Read how Mary unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the ways an epidemiologist discovered her trail of infection, and how the health department ultimately decided her fate. This engrossing story reveals the facts behind Mary, and young readers will be on the edges of their seats wondering what happened to her and the innocent typhoid victims. The book includes a glossary, timeline, list of well-known typhoid sufferers and victims, further resource section, author's note, and source notes.

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Nominee 
BCCB Blue Ribbon
CCBC Choices 
Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year
VOYA Nonfiction Honor List 
ILA Best Science Book
Cybils 2015 Finalist for Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction
Nerdy Book Club Awards for Nonfiction 2015
Best of History book 2015—The Nonfiction Detectives
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Books, Best of the Best
New York State 2016 Summer Reading List
Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) 2016 & 2017 Summer Reading Lists
North Carolina School Library Media Association 2017-18 Battle of the Books List
Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee 2018—Arizona Library Assn

Book Details

Format: Hardcover
Price: 18.95 USD / 24.95 CAD
Published: 2015-03-10
ISBN: 9781620915974
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Page Count: 192
Trim Size: 8 x 10
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★ "The writing is lucid, well organized, and informative. The book's large format allows for excellent reproductions of the many period photos, prints, and documents. Readers who are curious about Typhoid Mary . . . will find this an absorbing account of what actually happened." —Booklist, starred review

★ "Jarrow follows Red Madness with a second captivating book in her planned trilogy on deadly diseases. . . . Replete with archival photos, this thorough account brings readers to the present day and modern medicine's fight against what is still a scourge in many countries." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "A nonfiction page-turner relying upon extensive research and copious source notes, this is a fantastic addition to any library." —School Library Journal, starred review

★ "An unusually attractive design incorporates many photographs, such artifacts as posters and cartoons, and sidebars. More than a chronological account, this exploration pays tribute to the power of public health measures and raises questions about the ethics of protecting the public by quarantining someone like Mallon, who sued for her freedom. A top-notch addition to the popular topic of deadly diseases." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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