This Mark Twain nominee is about a cholera epidemic in 1854 London. The hero is Eel, a poor thirteen year old orphan who makes a living working in several jobs. He has a secret - a brother that he is supporting and hiding. Eel becomes involved when a man in the neighborhood dies of cholera. He meets the famous Dr. Snow and helps him investigate the cause of the cholera which is the contaminated water rather than "bad air" or miasma.
It is an interesting book and kids will learn history and science at the same time. It is quite a bit of an extra to hear on cd with the various British accents.