Product Details
List Price:
$16.95
Ages:
10 to 18
Grades:
5 to 12
Pages:
176
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Published:
03/2015
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-597-4
Illustrations:
Black-and-white archival images
Lexile Level:
1010L

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About the Book

Overview

In the early 1900s, when typhoid fever was killing tens of thousands of Americans each year, Mary Mallon was employed as a cook by several well-to-do New York families. When some members of these households developed the disease, suspicion turned to Mary. Did she have anything to do with the spread of the deadly bacteria? Here is the gripping, true story of Typhoid Mary; the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection; and the health department that decided her fate. Fatal Fever will keep readers on the edges of their seats as they wonder what will happen next.

Award-winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow brings her expertise to this engrossing medical mystery. Extensive back matter includes a glossary, a timeline, and a list of well-known typhoid sufferers and victims.

 

Reviews

* "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

"Although the book is illustrated with numerous photographs, it’s the words that are the star of this show. Jarrow has written a suspenseful medical mystery for inquisitive readers." —The Horn Book

Awards
Meet the Author

Gail Jarrow

Gail Jarrow’s nonfiction books have received numerous awards and distinctions, including YALSA Nonfiction Award Nominations, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book, National Science Teachers Association Recommended Book, Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and a VOYA Honor Book. A graduate of Duke University and Dartmouth College, she lives in Ithaca, New York. Visit her online at gailjarrow.com.

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