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September 7, 1906

I know that one day I won’t be on this earth anymore.  A world without the physical me – what will that look like?  I’ll seep down into the soil, become a plant, a tree; I’ll be falling leaves, yellow, crunching under a child’s feet until I am dust.  Nothing.  Gone.

Every September, the shivers come over me, thoughts of my brother’s terrifying death, and the questions – why did his short life end?  Why do people have to die?

I write here, trying to explain, each word a stepping stone.  These words illuminate my past; they bring me forward, to the future.  They help me remember.

Without my writing, I would suffer an emptiness worse than I feel now.”

Excerpt © 2011 Julie Chibbaro


About the book:

A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping turn-of-the-century New York.  Every week more people fall ill, and despite thorough investigation, there’s no cause in sight.  It’s not until the city’s most unlikely scientist – 16-year-old Prudence Galewski – takes a job as an assistant in a laboratory that the evidence begins to fall into place.  It seems one person has worked in every home the fever has ravaged:  Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant dubbed “Typhoid Mary” by the press.  Strangely, though, Mary hasn’t been sick a day in her life.  Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination?  Or is she the first clue in a new discovery bound to change medical history?

What people are saying:

Fever 1793 (Laurie Halse Anderson, 2000) meets Newes from the Dead (Mary Hooper, 2008) in this absorbing diary of a fictional teen who witnesses the epidemic unleashed on turn-of-the-20th-century New York by the infamous ‘Typhoid Mary.’” —Kirkus Reviews

“A deeply personal coming-of-age story set in an era of tumultuous social change, this is top-notch historical fiction that highlights the struggle between rational science and popular opinion as shaped by a sensational, reactionary press.” – School Library Journal, 2/11

“This is the kind of stuff that is forever facing us in terms of government and society, and what makes this particular believe-it-or-not story so interesting and relevant today.” — Richie’s Picks

“You guys.  I just finished Deadly by Julie Chibbaro and it is fabulous!  It gets an A+ on the Mattie Gokey Scale of General Awesomeness.”  — Abbythelibrarian.com.

Released: February 22, 2011

About the author:

Julie Chibbaro grew up in New York City wondering how so many people could live together without infecting each other with mortal diseases. She is also the author of Redemption, which won the 2005 American Book Award.

Giveaway:

Julie has been kind enough to contribute 5 signed Deadly bookmarks for a giveaway!

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