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The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lively novel of London cholera epidemic through kid's eyes.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Very scary for kids

I think that this book should not be for kids! It’s to scary and kids could get agitated and scared from the blue death.

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In The Great Trouble, author Deborah Hopkinson returns to the successful formula of putting a fictional child hero in the middle of historic events, but it offers little emotional depth. Twelve-year-old Eel is the tried-and-true orphan trying to make the best of a bad situation, but he serves mostly as an apt vehicle for saving the day, with little for the reader to connect with. The many supporting characters, while colorful, lack detail and are defined with broad strokes.

The book delivers historical accuracy, scientific inquiry, and medical information in a lively, engaging, and easy-to-understand way. The overall story will intrigue and entertain many kids, and, even if it's not too memorable, its educational value makes The Great Trouble a worthwhile read.

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