Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

By BARTOLETTI, Susan Campbell

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9780544313675
Publisher
HMH


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on May 1, 2015  |  Middle to High School

Gr 5 Up—This well-researched biography of Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, begins in 1906, when Mallon was hired as a cook for a wealthy family vacationing in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The outbreak of typhoid that swept through the household a few weeks later turned out to be a pivotal event that forever changed her life. George Soper, a sanitation engineer and typhoid expert, was hired to discover the source of the disease. He eventually determined that Mallon was what was known as a healthy carrier: although she experienced no s...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on August 1, 2015

In a strange publishing quirk, this is the second book about Typhoid Mary this year, the first being Gail Jarrow’s Fatal Fever (rev. 3/15). That book featured George Soper and Josephine Baker, the epidemiologist and medical examiner who identified Mary as the first healthy carrier in America, just as much as Mary Mallon herself. In contrast, Bartoletti focuses more on Mary, using her as a...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

What was it like to be a servant, an immigrant, a woman in the early twentieth century? Bartoletti weaves the answers into the beginn...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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