Growing up, kids joked about Typhoid Mary as a killer who intentionally infected millions. When I learned the true story of the Irish immigrant who caused an epidemic in NYC in 1906, I knew I had to write DEADLY.
To battle this daunting woman, I had to create a strong teen who needed to stop the spreading fever. I wanted to explore what it might be like for a girl at the turn of the 20th century, a girl with a passion for all things human, someone who doesn't want to be limited by her time or what's expected of her. That's how I came up with Prudence. I'd love for you to read Prudence's diary to find out how she fought this deadly typhoid epidemic.
There are tons of topics to explore in this historical medical mystery. Feel free to visit me at juliechibbaro.com for more on DEADLY, and let me know what you think.
And don't forget to wash your hands!
"There's plenty to think about and discuss in this diary-format novel based on the notorious case of Mary Mallon, also known as "Typhoid Mary." . . . A deeply personal coming-of-age story set in an era of tumultuous social change, this is top-notch historical fiction."
- School Library Journal
"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
"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."
- Abby the Librarian
"I was fascinated by the true story that is revealed through reading DEADLY, Julie Chibbaro's fictionalized account of the events in New York City and Long Island at the dawn of the Twentieth century. . . . much of my fondness for this story comes from contemplating how the specific legal issues here fit into a more generalized level of tension between the rights of the individual and the interests of society."
- Richie's Picks
1. Prudence works with Dr. Baker in hunting down Typhoid Mary. How common were female doctors at the turn of the 20th century in America, do you think? Why or why not?
2. Love is a new feeling for Prudence. What do you think of the way she handles this emotion?
3. George Soper is an epidemiologist, a hunter of causes of epidemics. How much do you think he influences Prudence in her choice of career? Is her ultimate decision completely her own? Who else influences or helps her?
4. Prudence's father disappears during the Spanish American war. What happened to him? What do you know about that war, and what would you like to find out?
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