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Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Feature: Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

For this week, we are featuring a recently released book that I have been looking forward to reading, Julie Chibbaro's novel, Deadly.

I have always been curious about Typhoid Mary's story, and I know Deadly focuses on Mary Mallon and how she earned the infamous nickname Typhoid Mary. It's a Young Adult Historical Fiction book, which I rarely read, but I am particularly curious with this one. For those who have read Deadly, you can share your thoughts about this book!



Hardcover, 304 pages
YA Historical Fiction
Publisher: Atheneum/Simon & Schuster
Feb. 22, 2011
ISBN: 978-0689857386
Price: $16.99

A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York.
Could the city’s future rest with its most unlikely scientist?

If Prudence Galewski is ever going to get out of Mrs. Browning’s esteemed School for Girls, she must demonstrate her refinement and charm by securing a job appropriate for a young lady. But Prudence isn’t like the other girls. She is fascinated by how the human body works and why it fails.

With a stroke of luck, she lands a position in a laboratory, where she is swept into an investigation of the fever bound to change medical history. Prudence quickly learns that an inquiry of this proportion is not confined to the lab. From ritzy mansions to shady bars and rundown tenements, she explores every potential cause of the disease.

But there’s no answer in sight—until the volatile Mary Mallon emerges. Dubbed “Typhoid Mary” by the press, Mary is an Irish immigrant who has worked as a cook in every home the fever has ravaged. Strangely, though, she hasn’t been sick a day in her life. Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination? Or is she the first clue in a new scientific discovery?

Prudence is determined to find out. In a time when science is for men, she’ll have to prove to the city, and to herself, that she can help solve one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century.


Julie Chibbaro is the author of Deadly (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster 2011), a medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary. Her first book, Redemption (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster 2004), an epic tale of love, kidnapping, and white Indians, won the 2005 American Book Award. Redemption appeared on several lists: Pennsylvania School Librarian Association's Top Ten, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Recommended Reading List, and the Children’s Literature Choice Recommended Reading List. In 2006, Redemption was nominated for an ABE Award (Illinois High School Book Award).
Deadly, Chibbaro’s second novel, has received excellent reviews from such journals as The New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, Historical Novels Review, NY Journal of Books and

A number of Chibbaro’s short stories have been published in literary journals such as The Prague Revue, Catalyst Magazine and Slingshot, and her articles have appeared in The Prague Post, The Montreal Gazette and Central Europe Online, among others. Two of her short stories, Skin, and Fractal Swing, appear in a literary anthology (ed. Louis Armand, Litteraria Pragensia, Charles University, 2010).

Chibbaro studied writing at The New School, and with Gordon Lish. She received scholarships to study with Clark Blaise at the Prague Writers Workshop, and with Janet Fitch, Lynn Freed and Mark Childress at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. At the New York Writers Institute, she took a Master class with Marilynne Robinson and Ann Beattie. Chibbaro teaches creative writing in New York.


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