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  • Published: 28 December 2021
  • ISBN: 9781635925159
  • Imprint: Astra Publishing House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $23.00

Fatal Fever

Tracking Down Typhoid Mary




Learn about the 1907 outbreak of typhoid fever and "Typhoid Mary" in this book perfect to share with young readers interested in a historical perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic that is gripping the world today — including a NEW chapter!

This engrossing story reveals the facts behind Mary Mallon, a hardworking Irish cook hired by several of New York’s well-to-do families, who ultimately came to be known as "Typhoid Mary".  Read how Mary unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the ways an epidemiologist discovered her trail of infection, and how the health department ultimately decided her fate. Young readers will be on the edges of their seats wondering what happened to Mary and the innocent typhoid victims. The book includes a new chapter about the COVID-19 pandemic, a glossary, timeline, list of well-known typhoid sufferers and victims, further resource section, author's note, and source notes.


YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Nominee ° A BCCB Blue Ribbon ° A CCBC Choices ° A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year ° VOYA Nonfiction Honor List ° An ILA Best Science Book

  • Published: 28 December 2021
  • ISBN: 9781635925159
  • Imprint: Astra Publishing House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $23.00

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Praise for Fatal Fever

★ "The writing is lucid, well organized, and informative. The book's large format allows for excellent reproductions of the many period photos, prints, and documents. Readers who are curious about Typhoid Mary . . . will find this an absorbing account of what actually happened." —Booklist, starred review ★ "Jarrow follows Red Madness with a second captivating book in her planned trilogy on deadly diseases. . . . Replete with archival photos, this thorough account brings readers to the present day and modern medicine's fight against what is still a scourge in many countries." —Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ "A nonfiction page-turner relying upon extensive research and copious source notes, this is a fantastic addition to any library." —School Library Journal, starred review ★ "An unusually attractive design incorporates many photographs, such artifacts as posters and cartoons, and sidebars. More than a chronological account, this exploration pays tribute to the power of public health measures and raises questions about the ethics of protecting the public by quarantining someone like Mallon, who sued for her freedom. A top-notch addition to the popular topic of deadly diseases." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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