Breathing Roomby Marsha Hayles
Evvy Hoffmeister is thirteen years old when her family brings her to Loon Lake Sanatorium to get cured of tuberculosis (TB). Evvy is frightened by her new surroundings; the rules to abide are harsh and the nurses equally rigid. But Evvy soon falls into step with the other girls in her ward. There's Sarah, quiet but thoughtful; Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour;
Evvy Hoffmeister is thirteen years old when her family brings her to Loon Lake Sanatorium to get cured of tuberculosis (TB). Evvy is frightened by her new surroundings; the rules to abide are harsh and the nurses equally rigid. But Evvy soon falls into step with the other girls in her ward. There's Sarah, quiet but thoughtful; Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour; and Dina, whose harshness conceals a deep strength. Together, the girls brave the difficult daily routines. Set in 1940 at a time of political unrest throughout the U.S. and Europe, this thought-provoking novel sheds light on a much-feared worldwide illness. Hundreds of thousands of people died each year of TB, and many ill children were sent away to sanatoriums to hopefully recover.
This is a masterful novelboth eloquent and movingthat gives voice to those who fought hard to overcome the illness.
“A moving and well-wrought story.” School Library Journal
“A quiet, sober story of a genuine heroine who survives a devastating disease with grace.” Kirkus
“…a perfect read…” Horn Book
“Hayles's sympathetic characters and detailed account is complemented by historical documents and photos throughout.” Publishers Weekly
“Hayles's evocative, airy imagery gives wing to her rhyming verse.” Publishers Weekly on The Feathered Crown
“Unadorned, gracefully rhyming text is partnered with delicate watercolor illustrations, resulting in a gentle perspective . . . that will strike a chord with nature lovers and young children settling down to sleep.” School Library Journal on The Feathered Crown
“The snappy text uses natural, unforced rhymes and repetition to great effect. . . . This book demands to be read aloud. The energy contained within coupled with the innocent joy of imaginative play are engaging and satisfying.” School Library Journal on He Saves the Day
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- 10 - 14 Years
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FATHER JERKED THE CAR to the side of the road and stopped. "Are you okay, Evvy?" he asked, turning in his seat to look at me.
I pitched my head back, gasping for air between coughs. Breathe! a voice inside me screamed. I dropped the Loon Lake brochure. A blast of heavy, moist air shot up from my lungs and exploded into the handkerchief I'd grabbed and pressed against my lips.
But I could breathe again. "I'm okay, Father," I said, though my voice crackled as if it had just been hatched and never used before. "Really I am."
He sank back down into his seat and grabbed the steering wheel. "Ya got Francy?" he asked, glancing at me in the rearview mirror, worry in his eyes.
I lifted my stuffed bear to show him. Thirteen was too old to be holding on to a teddy bearat least, that's what Mother thought. I was glad Father didn't feel that way.
"Then get some rest, Puddlejump," Father said, using the nickname he'd given me when I was a little girl. "And don't worry, we'll be there soon." As if that could make me feel any better.
He put the car in gear, and the two of us were off again, driving to Loon Lakeor Loony Lake, as my twin brother, Abe, had already renamed ita sanatorium where sick and contagious people like me went to get better. At least, that was the hope.
When I knew Father wasn't looking, I opened my hand. The damp handkerchief unfolded just enough so I could see the streaks of blood across it. It wasn't the first time I'd coughed up blood. But I'd never told anybody, not even Abe. I was too afraid. Did this blood mean I was going to die?
Copyright © 2012 by Marsha Hayles
Meet the Author
Marsha Hayles is the author of several books for young children. Breathing Room is her first novel. She lives in Pittsford, New York, with her family.
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Breathing Room is a great book for mid-grade/young adult readers that works on many levels. The characters are interesting and you care what happens to them. Understanding the complexity of tuberculosis and it's treatment, or lack of, is woven seamlessly into the story. And it works well for this age group as a way to open a discussion on facing life even when it throws a curveball. Excellent book!
I totally love this book. Its sad and outgoing at the same time! It seems like a real help to people to help overcome sicknesses!
This is one of my favorite books. It is so inspiring and sad. I totally will tell all my friends to read it!!! Trust me it is one of the best!!!! :)
&%$##$@$%&$&;*+*-&+&$#%-&*& This book was so sad I cryed during the end of the book so good.
Breathing Room is such a great book! Iv'e read it twice and haven't gotten tired of it. Martha Hayles uses great detail makes me feel really close to the people who have TB. I not only had fun reading this book,but I also learned a little about TB. This book is definetely a must read.
Learned alot from this story. Did not know much about TB but now I know a little bit more. Evvy's story inspirational and very sad. Quick and easy read. Very well written.
This is by far my favorite book ive never read a book as many times as this one either
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