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Deadly by Julie Chibbaro can be found on Link+. After reading an article about strong female lead characters in an article by Joanna H. Kraus in the San Jose Mercury News, I became interested in reading the titles she recommended. Of course, this was after reading the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was interested in reading other young adult titles with strong female protagonists like Katniss Everdeen.
Prudence is a young lady who is much more interested in learning about science in the male-dominated early 1900's. She applies as an assistant to an epidemiologist, Mr. Soper. Soon, Prudence finds herself involved in finding the cause of several typhoid epidemics around the city.
This tale is a fictional account of what happened to Typhoid Mary. Mary Mallon was the first person who was identified as a healthy carrier of the typhoid disease. It was unheard of at that time for a healthy person to spread disease. Trying to convince the public, the courts, and Mary Mallon becomes an uphill struggle.
Julie Chibbaro is also the author of Redemption, also a Link+ book.
I lifted the rifle again and swung the tip of the barrel straight up into the air. I figured I could gradually lower the barrel at the screen, aim, and pick off one of the Japanese troops.
BLAM! The rifle fired off and violently kicked out of my grip.
"Jaaaack!" I heard my mother shriek and then the screen door slammed behind her.
"If I'm not already dead I soon will be," I said to myself.
She pounced on me. "There's blood! You've been shot! Where?" Then she gasped and pointed directly at my face. Her eyes bugged out and her scream was so high-pitched it was silent.
Fictional autobiography, Hell's Angels, history, mystery, comedy, death, horror...Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos is all and more. Full of eccentric characters, this novel follows the life of author Jack Gantos during one action-packed summer in his hometown. Meet Miss Volker, who is trying to revitalize a dying town. Meet Mr. Spizz, who polices the town on his adult-sized tricycle. Meet Jack's mother, who believes in bartering jam rather than paying cash. Meet Jack's father, who worries about the "commies" in town and who wants to build a runway in the backyard.
In addition to having a town full of loveable characters, Jack also suffers from nosebleeds that can be triggered by any excitement or surprise. Is it hemochromatosis, like Hemingway? Ugh! This is problematical, of course, since he is helping Miss Volker to write all of the obituaries.
Finally, a whole-summer grounding dampens his summer plans when he mows down a cornfield. How does he get out of it? Who is killing all of the senior citizens? Will he have to move to Florida? Read this extraordinary novel to find out!