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Julie Chibbaro

Dear Reader:

Growing up, kids joked about Typhoid Mary as a killer who intentionally infected millions. When I learned the true story of the Irish immigrant who caused an epidemic in NYC in 1906, I knew I had to write DEADLY.

To battle this daunting woman, I had to create a strong teen girl who needed to stop the spreading fever. I called her Prudence read her diary to find out how she overcame this deadly outbreak!

Visit me at to enter my Typhoid Mary contest for DEADLY prizes (including signed copies!) Download an excerpt and a guide. Skype me or request a visit. Learn more about the illustrator Jean-Marc Superville Sovak. Email me just to say hi!

And don't forget to wash your hands!

"A deeply personal coming-of-age story set in an era of tumultuous social change, this is top-notch historical fiction that highlights the struggle between rational science and popular opinion as shaped by a sensational, reactionary press." School Library Journal

"You guys. I just finished DEADLY by Julie Chibbaro and it is fabulous! It gets an A+ on the Mattie Gokey Scale of General Awesomeness." Abby the Librarian

"I was fascinated by the true story that is revealed through reading DEADLY, Julie Chibbaro's fictionalized account of the events in New York City and Long Island at the dawn of the Twentieth century. . . . much of my fondness for this story comes from contemplating how the specific legal issues here fit into a more generalized level of tension between the rights of the individual and the interests of society." Richie's Picks

Deadly / Julie Chibbaro / Atheneum-Simon & Schuster

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0689857386 / Published: February, 2011

Ages 12+ / YA novel

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