Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro
Reviewed by Isabella, age 15, New Jersey
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Deadly brings to life a female protagonist whose strength isn't even slightly diminished by the imprisoning era in which she lives. Prudence's drive and fire is undiluted even in the face of overwhelming sexism facing any girl who wished to become a scientist or doctor. At every turn, her poignant struggles are exacerbated by the next obstacle thrown in front of her, but she forges on with admirable determination that bleeds straight through the pages.
Just as Prudence is a revolutionary character for her time, the novel Deadly brings a slew of new ideas to the table. I have never before encountered a book dealing with the story of Typhoid Mary from this particular angle, focusing not only on the mystery elements but on issues often left unexplored. Because the doctors were incapable of treating her, Mary was forced to live in quarantine to the end of her days, unable to live out her life normally. This new look at a story often told in history classes is refreshing and stands out from the rest of its genre.
Even those who don't typically enjoy reading historical fiction may find themselves enamored with this exciting new release. With a remarkably strong protagonist anyone will root for and a fresh new angle on Typhoid Mary, Deadly is not a novel that can be easily forgotten. I give Deadly 4 out of 5 stars.