Hey guys! Do you remember what day June 9th is?
That’s right! No, not Christmas. It’s when I’m posting my top ten summer reads list! And the start of this blog’s summer season! So, make sure to look out for that post!
I’ve been procrastinating long enough. Time to start blogging.
The book I chose was called The Great Trouble. It actually takes place in London during 1854. The main character, Eel, is hiding from his stepfather, Fisheye Bill Tyler and is stuck as a “mudlark” who fishes around in the river and stuff for things to sell. Not such a great life, but at least it’s livable and he has friends.
But then…………………gasp!……………………………….. THE BLUE DEATH STRIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BLUE (oH WAIT. I’M STILL ON CAPS LOCKS. oOPS.)
Okay, that’s better.
The blue death is also known as cholera. It turns your skin blue. Ew.
When this deadly plague happens, everyone thinks it’s caused by poison air, (yeah, I know, its a weird idea, but hey. That was like what, around 200 years ago?) but Dr. John Snow, whom Eel works for, has other ideas. He thinks that the blue death is caused by poison in the Broad Street Pump’s water. If he can get everyone to believe this, the pump’s handle can be taken off and no one can use it anymore.
The problem? Out of ALL the pumps, Broad Street’s water is the clearest and best tasting, so people would be a tad skeptical.
I can totally understand that. I mean, imagine this: Some random guy walks up to you and says “Hey. See that old lady over there? The toothless one who’s always smiling and giving kids candy, less than 4 ft tall, smells like lavender, donated 1,000 dollars to the “Cure Cancer Foundation,” and always has a pink Beauty and the Beast T shirt on? She’ kills people!
Eel knows Dr. Snow’s right and he HAS to help convince other people to stop drinking from that pump before the whole neighborhood dies out. But can he and John collect enough evidence before it’s too late? Will Fisheye kidnap Eel? Only time will tell.
I thought that The Great Trouble was awesome and realistic historical fiction. It’s one of the best historical fiction books I’ve ever read and is absolutely a five star read.
Probably 6th to 8th graders would enjoy this.