Terrible Typhoid Mary

A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

What happens when a person's reputation has been forever damaged?

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti Read by Donna Postel Biographies & Memoirs / History - United States / Middle Grade Nonfiction English, Unabridged 3h 20m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							With archival  photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial life. How she was treated by medical and legal officials reveals a lesser-known story of human and constitutional rights, entangled with the science of pathology and enduring questions about who Mary Mallon really was. How did her name become synonymous with deadly disease? And who is really responsible for the lasting legacy of Typhoid Mary? This thorough exploration includes an author's note, timeline, annotated source notes, and bibliography.

"Best of 2015" - Washington Post

"Editors' Choice 2015" - Booklist

Best Books for Teens 2015 - New York Public Library

Starred Review. "Energetic, even charming prose will easily engage readers." - School Library Journal (book review)

"With the slow building cadence of a trained storyteller, Postel embodies Mary’s Irish brogue in a voice that becomes increasingly weary the more she has to face and the older she becomes." - Booklist (audio review)

"Donna Postel narrates in a quiet, carefully enunciated style. Her steady pace is perfect for the drama that unfolds around the infamous "Typhoid Mary," the Irish immigrant who, in her role as a cook, passed typhoid fever to approximately 50 unsuspecting people." - AudioFile

Starred Review. "Expertly weaving together both historical background and contemporary knowledge about disease and public health..." - Booklist (book review)

Starred Review. "...excellent nonfiction." - Horn Book Magazine