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The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called… (2013)

by Deborah Hopkinson

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I would recommend for mature students. There are lots of dark themes (death, homelessness, stealing, child labor, etc.). Hope, friendship, and trust are also important. There is a science theme as the main character learns about the science process. Ends happy. Historical fiction. ( )
  LauraCMiller15 | Mar 12, 2016 |
13 year old Eel, is trying to survive the impoverished stricken,and dark mean streets of 1854 London. Life is hard, but nothing prepares him for the devastating outbreak of Cholera that kills hundreds in his neighborhood. What can one boy do to help find the cause of the outbreak and end the great trouble? Eel, and his friend Florrie help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera that is kill everyone is spread through the water and not poisonous air like everyone believes. ( )
  Malynda2 | Mar 12, 2016 |
I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure middle grade readers would. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
I loved this book! It takes young readers tot he streets of London in mid 1800s when the Blue Death was mysteriously spreading through the people of London. Historically accurate and very entertaining!
  michelleripley | Feb 15, 2016 |
Good historical fiction about a terrible cholera outbreak in London that led to a greater understanding of how the disease is spread. Based largely on the nonfiction book The Ghost Map, which is another great read. Not sure what student I'd give this to, though... ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
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1854 Monday, August 28
What we now call the Great Trouble began one thick, hot, foul-smelling morning in August.
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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, and 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 Snow's theory before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.

Part medical mystery, part survival story, and part Dickensian adventure, Deborah Hopkinson's The Great Trouble is a celebration of a fascinating pioneer in public health and a gripping novel about the 1854 London cholera epidemic. 

Backmatter includes an author's note, time line, and further reading suggestions.

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Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water, and not poisonous air, when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854.

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