The Great Trouble, by Deborah Hopkinson

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Kim
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375843082
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Published: Yearling Books - February 10th, 2015

A YA historical fiction account of the cholera plague in London in the 1850s, as seen through the eyes of a street urchin from the Broad Street neighborhood. Young Eel gets a job assisting celebrated Dr. John Snow, whose meticulous research conclusively proved that ‘the Blue Death’ was in fact spread by contaminated water, rather than ”bad air” as was the prevailing theory. An especially interesting topic to me personally, as several of my direct relatives died from cholera around this same time period (though not in the London outbreak).


The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594482694
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2007

For a further, more detailed reading on the subject, I'd also recommend The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. An (adult) non fiction look at the same plague, that provides an interesting mix of science, technology and a social history of Victorian London.