The Great Trouble
The Great Trouble
A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel
Listening Library, Compact Disc, 9780804123594
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
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 deadly cholera ("blue death") comes 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--before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.
"Hopkinson illuminates a pivotal chapter in the history of public health. . . . Accessible . . . and entertaining." --"School Library Journal, "Starred
"For readers] who love suspense, drama, and mystery." --"TIME for Kids"
"From the Hardcover edition.
Beth Gutcheon is the critically acclaimed author of eight previous novels: "The New Girls", "Still Missing", "Domestic Pleasures", "Saying Grace", "Five Fortunes", "More Than You Know", "Leeway Cottage", and "Good-bye and Amen". She is the writer of several film scripts, including the Academy Award nominee "The Children of Theatre Street". She lives in New York City.
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."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, October 2013:
"Although detailing a dire period in history, Eel tells his story in a matter-of-fact and accessible manner, making his story palatable and entertaining."