Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson
This is a fascinating historical fiction novel for children set in 1854 during the Broad Street Pump cholera epidemic in London. It has a Dickensian tone as Eel, a 13 year old mudlark, winds up helping the great Doctor Snow track down the source of the epidemic. Can Eel help solve this scientific mystery while avoiding his evil ex-stepfather Fisheye Bill and also earn enough money to keep his younger brother safe? Filled with historical and scientific facts, this is also a gripping story and I think that children will enjoy it.