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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,673 ratings  ·  349 reviews

A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York.

Could the city’s future rest with its most unlikely scientist?

If Prudence Galewski is ever going to get out of Mrs. Browning’s esteemed School for Girls, she must demonstrate her refinement and charm by securing a job appropriate for a young lady. But Prudence isn’t like the other girls. She is fascinated by how

Hardcover, 293 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really surprised me in that the name somehow led me to believe that it would be about something supernatural. However, when I realized I had a high-quality work of historical fiction on my hands, I was very pleased. It traces the actions of the group of people tasked with tracing the sources of an outbreak as seen through the eyes of a seventeen-year-old girl coming into her own (and writing about it in her diary). The details and language of the 1900s were so well-done that at times I ...more
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Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Let me just start out by saying I am so disappointed with this book! (Can you hear my foot stomping in petulant frustration?) This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2011 and when I got an ARC I was beyond excited. And then, argh, I didn’t love it. How crappy is that feeling of book disappointment, right?

Ok, ok, you don’t want to hear me sob. I know you want to know why I was so disappointed. Here’s why, and most of it is my own fault. Part of the reason I enjoy historical fiction so much i
Cheri Howard
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Deadly was not how I expected it to be. First and foremost, I read it fast. In a day and a half – and I was in school in these days, reviewing for exams. Second, it was engrossing. The narrative of Prudence a curious mind seeking answers in a world full of questions, in a historical fiction like Deadly, I appreciated this. We always strive to know more, to discover and to have our questions answered.

Deadly follows the story of Prudence, a Jewish girl who lives in the US. The
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. While learning about history through someone else's eyes it also keeps you interested in the topic. It shows you how life was around the time period and how investigations were around the 1900's.
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A behind-the-scenes look at Typhoid Mary told in epistolary form from the point of view of a teenage girl with a curious mind, Deadly was a swift, fascinating read that had me running from one cover to another. Despite the fact that the letters were mere snippets in Prudence's life, despite the fact that the world is viewed very narrowly through her eyes, I felt everything she felt. I could see her mother, her boss and the female doctor she idolized as clearly as Prudence did.

The voice, while se
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2011
Every time I crack up a historical fiction novel I learn something new, which is why I love them so much. Occasionally the book is about a time period I’ve read about numerous times like Elizabethan England, but in the case of Deadly everything was fresh, new, and interesting. I knew next to nothing about “Typhoid Mary”, including that she was an actual person. She always seemed more like a symbol than an actual human being. Luckily, Deadly opened my eyes to this time in history and kept me enga ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helen Keller, the first blind and deaf person to earn a bachelor of arts degree once stated, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Keller is definitely right about how people need to come together to accomplish great tasks, but, the real task is being able to collaborate with completely different people of different backgrounds, wealth and gender in a time where differences are not accepted so commonly.

Time travel into New York City in 1906, from the point of view of a Russia
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
Deadly is the tale of a Prudence, young girl living in New York in the early 1900s. While she sits in Ms. Browning's school learning how to become a lady, she daydreams about doing something more with her life than getting married and having babies. She practices as a midwife with her mother and learns that there is much more to being a human than meets the eye. It is these experiences that plant a seed in her to learn more about the sciences.

Prudence lands a job as an assistant to one of the ch
Kitty Honeycutt
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: "Deadly"
Author: Julie Chibbaro
Published By: Antheneum Books For Young Readers
Age Recommended: 13 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: I wouldn't call myself a history buff but I must say there have been many times over the course of my life that I have heard about 'Typhoid Mary' and the story about her. In the early to mid 1900's the spread of disease was the one thing that was prominent in the United States. With immigration at its prime and so many different people ent
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Prudence Galewski has long been interested in how death and disease happen--what make the human body fail. Although most girls are interested in marriage and family, Prudence doesn't want to settle down; she wants to use her brain to delve into the world of science. When she's offered a job taking notes for Mr. Soper, who works for the Department of Health and Sanitation, she's excited to have found an opportunity that lets her do just that. An outbreak of typhoid fever leads Mr. Soper and Prude ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Prudence Galewski is nothing like the average sixteen-year-old girl living in New York City in 1906. Unlike most of her classmates Mrs. Browning's School for Girls, she's not interested in learning to be a housewife or to find a job that is proper for a young lady. Instead, Prudence is interested in learning about the human body and illness. So when she is offered a job at the Department of Health and Sanitation, Prudence eagerly accepts and leaves school to begin her new job.

At her new job, Pru
Francisco Galvez
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Deadly-Julie Chibbaro

Everyday people die from diseases and spread more each day. Many times it’s people who are innocent who just had bad luck from some person who spreads diseases. Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro tells the story of thousands of people, who get killed by an invisible killer called diseases, which kills innocent people.

This story takes place in New York and is about how Prudence, a 16-yearold scientist takes a job as an assistant in a laboratory in 1906 and the evidence in which a h
Lainey Brewer
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Suspenseful book that you just can’t put down.

In the book Deadly by Julie Chibbaro, A young teenage girl, Prudence, just wants to learn more about disease and what causes it. It takes place in the 1900's so there isn’t much that people know. When she finally gets a chance to learn why disease took her brother’s life and why it took the life of so many others she takes it. A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever leads to her learning more and getting a chance to do something that she has always
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
Medical mysteries are intriguing, and this one, told through a series of letters and journal entries, has much to offer even though most of the mystery is solved during the first half of the book. Prudence Galewski, 16, leaves her vocational school in order to take a job working in the Department of Health and Sanitation on New York City. One of the first cases with which she is involved focuses on finding out the cause of an outbreak of typhus in the city. The author provides wonderful descript ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I had heard the phrase "Typhoid Mary" before but didn't know the story behind it. I found this (young) YA novel to be very engaging about the process involved to identify and address Mary's unique plight.

It was a coming of age story mixed in with Prudence's personal life (missing father, not like the other girls at school) but really it was the story of how they got Mary which enthralled me.
MaryannC. Book Freak
I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes I feel odd picking up a YA book thinking that I should be reading books for regular adults, But I am truly finding some gems among the YA books. This was a good story about young girl trying to find her way in the world, with historical facts about Mary Mallon. This story had me wanting to find out the end.
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
*review being held until publication at author's request*
Erica T
I picked this book for my local book club to read. I loved learning the history behind a story I had only vague knowledge of. A lot of the characters are real with fictional characters thrown in to tell the story. The "crush" that comes about in the book felt out of place and unnecessary. I enjoyed the rest of it.

**clean read
Oct 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Review originally posted on my blog:

My feelings for Deadly by Julie Chibarro are mixed. Seems like I’ve been reading a lot of books that have caused mixing feelings for me lately. Towards the end of last year I have started to really like Historical Fiction books. Deadly is another good YA Historical Fiction book to add to the bookshelf. Be aware that it was not a book that had me saying, “Oh I can’t stop thinking about this book and I need to read more o
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Deadly was a fascinating book, as it intertwines the typhoid fever with a fictional twist. The way that it portrayed the historical event regarding "Typhoid Mary" while still having a typical fictional storyline was amazing. A historical fiction that tells a profound description of the typhoid outbreak in the 1900s depicted through a seventeen-year-old girl's eyes. Imagine quitting school just to get a job as a personal assistant for a boss of the Department of Health and Sanitation. Imagine bei ...more
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Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-release
Sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski lives in a time where girls are expected to go to school (if they do at all) only to learn how to be better wives and mothers or perhaps obtain a secretarial job. 1906 is also a time when typhoid and other disease outbreaks are quite common around New York (where Prudence lives).

With a father gone off to war--and missing for years now--and a brother who died before that, Prudence has seen death and despair. Instead of leaving her longing for the security of a h
Adele Q.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was boring at times but pretty interesting at other times so yeah, 4 stars gives it justice. I would have liked to see Prudence have more of a relationship with a boy but it was alright I guess.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I am fascinated by anything I can read about early work in public disease. I'd like to think I would have been courageous enough to fight through the resistance to women working in the field of medicine in the late 1800's through the 1920's. This book is based on the true story of Mary Mallon, who was a cook working on Long Island during the early 1900's. She was a healthy woman, but carried a deadly secret: the typhoid disease. After sickening dozens of people she cooked for, the city tracked h ...more
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Little Bookworm
In the early 1900s the idea of a healthy carrier of a disease was unknown. But then an outbreak of typhoid became and became link to a cook. And thus was the beginning of Typhoid Mary. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl working for the Department of Sanitation, Deadly is the story of both Typhoid Mary and Prudence, who has dream of overcoming disease and death.

Before reading this, I had rudimentary knowledge of Typhoid Mary. It's sort of just an expression now, isn't it?
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a great historical novel about a disease and a person that I only thought I knew about. If I had to describe this novel with one word it would be interesting. And I don't mean that in a bad way.... I was fascinated by the way Prudence mind worked. I think to constantly question everything as she does would be absolutely exhausting... but at the same time I remember that curiosity that I once had myself. I remember my mom bought me a microscope and I spent hours looking at slides on that ...more
C.C. Thomas
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, but I loved it! The reason? Because I fell in love with the main character, Prudence. She's my favorite kind of main character--plucky, curious, courageous, questioning, and hopeful. I also love her quest for knowledge. At a time when education for women was expensive, nearly impossible, and scholarly girls were on the path to old-maidhood, Prudence doesn't give up. She pushes the boundaries and lines so she can learn more and become smarter.

Sophie Zapoli
This was a great inside look about Typhoid Mary,putting a story and humanity to the woman who became commonly known as a deadly killer, a devil, a cruel nickname for those spreading illness in the viewpoint of Prudence, a budding female scientist at a time when woman still had few jobs that didn't involve the home. I could easily associate with Prudence for being an independent young lady that wanted more than learning how to properly curtsy or embroider which made the story easier to picture me ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prudence Galewski is a smart and determined young woman. The story takes place in New York, 1906, and there is a serious outbreak of typhoid fever. Prudence starts out at Mrs. Browning's School for Girls, an expensive private school that Prudence hates. She applies for a job as a typing assistant for Mr. Soper, a sanitary engineer at the New York Department of Health and Sanitation, she gets it, and after one day, she realizes she can't balance school and a full time job. She quits going to scho ...more
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Julie Chibbaro is the award-winning author of three novels: Into the Dangerous World (Viking, 2015), a hybrid graphic/novel about a girl artist on the NY streets in 1984, Deadly (Simon & Schuster 2011, Scholastic 2012), a medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary in 1906, and Redemption (S&S 2004) a historical novel about a girl's unintended trip to the New World in 1524.

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