The Great Trouble

  • Type: Books
  • By: Deborah Hopkinson
  • Age Category: Children
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Recommended by: Thais R.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780375848186
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Mudlarks in a time of cholera.

A boy who calls himself Eel barely ekes out a living through a variety of jobs- mudlarking to find valuables on the muddy shore of the Thames, messenger boy at a pub, and cleaning the animal cages of the great Dr. John Snow. His biggest worry is keeping safe a vital secret. But everything change in August 1854 when cholera breaks out in Eel's Soho neighborhood. Can Eel help Dr. Snow find the mysterious source of the dreaded disease?
This is high quality historical fiction, with a compelling story and realistic details. The difficult nature of the subject makes this book best for readers age 10 and up.