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Julie Chibbaro is the author of Deadly (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster 2011) a novel about the hunt for Typhoid Mary. Deadly won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award. Her first book, Redemption (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2004), an epic tale of love, kidnapping, and white Indians won the American Book Award. Julie Chibbaro’s stories have appeared in the anthology Return of the Kral Majales, and in The Prague Revue, Slingshot, and Catalyst, and her articles in The Poughkeepsie Journal, The Montreal Gazette and The Prague Post. She teaches creative writing in New York.
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Prudence Galewski doesn’t belong in Mrs. Browning’s esteemed School for Girls. She doesn’t want a “proper” job. Instead, she is fascinated by how the human body works—and why it fails.
Prudence is lucky to land a position in a laboratory, where she is swept into an investigation of a mysterious fever. From ritzy mansions to shady bars, Prudence explores every potential cause of the disease to no avail—until the volatile Mary Mallon emerges. Dubbed “Typhoid Mary” by the press, Mary is an Irish immigrant who has worked as a cook in every home the fever has ravaged. But she’s never been sick a day in her life. Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination? Or is she the first clue in solving one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century?
Deadly named Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2012 by the National Science Teachers Association and the CBC
"This is one of those books that you think will be good, but then you get into it and you just can't put it down! It was beyond good - it was the whole picnic. This story captures life in the early 1900's on many different levels - roles of women, views on women's jobs, educational opportunities for women, sanitation and cleanliness in the large cities,and the evolution of the understanding of public health. "Deadly" is such a great example of historical fiction and is cleverly written in diary form to pull the reader into Prudence's story. I also appreciated the author's note at the end to complete Typhoid Mary's story. What a great read! This book is a 5 out of 5!"
Heather Hill, Reading Specialist