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

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

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 p... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780804123617
Published 10 September 2013 by Listening Library
Format Audio CD/Audio
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Author(s) By Hopkinson, Deborah
Read by Farr, Kimberly
Read by Frow, Matthew
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ISBN-13 9780804123617
ISBN-10 0804123616
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Listening Library
Imprint Listening Library
Publication Date 10 September 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Audio CD/Audio
Author(s) By Hopkinson, Deborah
Read by Farr, Kimberly
Read by Frow, Matthew
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Historical Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Body & Health
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 168mm
Height: 155mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 249g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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 Great Trouble begins. Mr. Griggs, the tailor, is the first to get sick. Soon it's clear that the deadly cholera--the blue death --has come 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--that cholera is spread through water --before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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.

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Author's Bio

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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