Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser comes from The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson. I was sent this finished book by the author for review. Here is the description of this middle grade title:
Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a "mudlark," he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He's being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he's got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a week to keep safe. 

But even for Eel, things aren't so bad until that fateful August day in 1854—the day the Great Trouble begins. Mr. Griggs, the tailor, is the first to get sick, and soon it's clear that the deadly cholera—the "blue death"—has come to Broad Street. 

Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the epidemic surges, it's up to Eel and his best friend Florrie to gather evidence to prove Snow's theory before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.

Part medical mystery, part survival story, and part Dickensian adventure, Deborah Hopkinson'sThe Great Trouble is a celebration of a fascinating pioneer in public health and a gripping novel about the 1854 London cholera epidemic. 
"Hmph. Well, I don't know how you're doing so well, but keep your distance," he warned, raising his stump of a thumb in my face. "I might be missing this, but I still got another hand that can wring a boy's neck if 'e gets in my way." 


  1. Ooh nice tease! Haven't heard of this one! Hope you're enjoying it!

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  2. Wow that sounds right up my street, I love historical books especially those about London. Thanks for sharing

  3. Great TT! I have to check this one out! Thanks for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers! :)

  4. interesting topic, thanks for sharing, I had not heard of this book before

  5. Very interesting! Nice teaser.

  6. Great teaser! That's awesome that this is book it part medical mystery, part survival story, and part Dickensian adventure! Sounds like a interesting read. Thanks for sharing & stopping by Bookmunchies!

  7. I really like middle grade fiction - especially because it means that I can "force" my little brother into reading it ;)

    Great teaser!

  8. I think I'd stay out of his way. Thanks for stopping by today.

  9. I like historical fiction. This one sounds great.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Kero @ Kero's Book Blog

  10. Uh-oh. Sounds like trouble :) Great teaser!


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