Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12, free with museum admission
At this meeting, we'll discover how one person started an outbreak of a horrible disease in 1906 New York...without ever being sick herself. Join us and author Julie Chibbaro to discuss her thrilling fictional account of the hunt for "Typhoid Mary" through the eyes of a sixteen year old girl. After discussing the book with the author, we'll take readers to see rare objects from American medical history and living conditions for immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.
Sixteen year old Prudence Galewski doesn't know what she's in for when she takes a job with the Department of Health and Sanitation in 1906 New York City. All this lower east side girls knows is that lots of people in her crowded city are getting sick, and she'd rather help stop the disease's spread than get caught up in romances like her friends. Strangely, the only link Prudence can find to all the sick patients is one perfectly healthy Irish immigrant named Mary Mallon. In this novel "paced like a medical thriller" (NYTimes, 2011), Chibarro takes readers with Prudence on the hunt for Mary, and on a journey of discovery about women's opportunities in a new century and age-old discrimination.
About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home. At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.