Need a solid mystery/adventure to read over the weekend?
Check out this fabulous MG novel about a mudlark (one who scavenges in river mud for valuable items like small pieces of tin or copper) helping to stop The Blue Death on Broad Street in 1854.
What we now call the Great Trouble began one thick, hot, foul-smelling morning in August. 'Course, I didn't know it then. No one did.
Why were you supposed to be dead?
(Did I get those questions in your head right? Lol.)
Cholera had reached Broad Street that day. Eel, an orphan, had to lie low because someone very nasty was after him. He tried his best to be as invisible as possible but it wasn't likely.
One by one, his friends on that street had fallen to the great trouble. People he knew were dying.
Who got infected? And who didn't? Why not? Where was the source of the 'poison?' And how could they put a stop to it?
Eel had one slim chance to find out the source of the poison. Risk it?
I am very impressed with this story. It's like a Dickensian tale without the Dickensian descriptions and over-sentimentality. Great, convincing characters. So much troubles for Eel, our orphan protagonist, and the folks living near River Thames. Yet what captivates me the most is the writing. It sends me straight to London in the 1850s, and it manages to pull off a mixture of mystery and adventure without distracting from Eel's very human, very real fears and insecurities.
I apologise for the short post. It's been a week of flu, raw throat and yuckity yuck. Despite that, I'm feeling quite good, especially since I just finished another client's story (just plotting, not the actual writing). Have been having a great time working on my projects these days. Grateful, always.
Hope you guys pick up Eel's story. Have an excellent weekend ahead!
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Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.