Breathing Room

Breathing Room

by Marsha Hayles
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Breathing Room by 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; 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.

Marsha Hayles' Breathing Room is a masterful novel—both eloquent and moving—that gives voice to those who fought hard to overcome the illness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250034113
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 127,497
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
M_Sil More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&%$##$@$%&$&;*+*-&+&$#%-&*& This book was so sad I cryed during the end of the book so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite book ive never read a book as many times as this one either
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