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What happens when a person's reputation has been forever damaged? 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.
About the Author
Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the author of the Newbery Honor book Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, the Robert F. Sibert Medal–winning Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, and TheyCalled Themselves the KKK. Her work has received dozens of other awards and honors, including the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction. A former teacher, she is now a full-time writer living in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Visit her website at www.scbartoletti.com.