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

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Clarion Books
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5.8 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the author of the Newbery Honor book Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, the Robert F. Sibert Medal-winning Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, and TheyCalled Themselves the KKK. Her work has received dozens of other awards and honors, including the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction. A former teacher, she is now a full-time writer living in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Visit her website at www.scbartoletti.com.


* "Bartoletti tells the woman's story with empathy and understanding [and] explores the myriad violations of Mallon's civil rights and her unusually harsh treatment in comparison to other healthy typhoid carriers. Energetic, even charming prose will easily engage readers."
--School Library Journal, starred review

* "Expertly weaving together both historical background and contemporary knowledge about disease and public health, Bartoletti enlivens Mallon's story with engrossing anecdotes and provocative critical inquiry while debunking misconceptions."
--Booklist, starred review

"[A] thoroughly researched biography."
--Publishers Weekly

* "Bartoletti skillfully weaves the answers into the beginning of the story, before moving on to Soper's cat-and-mouse game of tracking Mary down and then keeping her quarantined for most of the rest of her life...excellent nonfiction."
--Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"A very comprehensive and engaging account of the sad life story of Mary Mallon."

"Bartoletti delivers a fast-moving biography of Mallon herself...Enthusiastic and accessible, but it remains respectful, offering understanding and empathy for the numerous people affected by the outbreaks that followed in Mallon's wake."