The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a “mudlark,” he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He’s being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he’s got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a week to keep safe. But even for Eel, things aren’t so bad until that fateful August day in 1854—the day the deadly cholera (“blue death”) comes to Broad Street… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse
  • Cholera epidemic
  • Dead bodies mentioned
  • Death of a parent mentioned
  • Physical assault
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Animal abuse
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