Thirteen-year-old Evvy Hoffmeiseter is dropped of at Loon Lake Sanitorium in hopes of curing her tuberculosis. It’s 1940 and successful treatment with antibiotics was still a few years away. Rest and exposure to cold air are the only prescriptions. Trapped in her room, Evvy isn’t supposed to talk or even get out of bed.
Regardless of the dire situation Evvy is able to make friends with her roommates. Sarah is shy. Pearl is glamorous. And Dena is tough. Together they fight loneliness and the ever-present shadow of death.
Breathing Room is a sneak peek into a lesser-known part of history. Hundreds of thousands of people died in TB sanitariums in the early part of the twentieth century. For hundreds of years before, it was a death sentence. Called the Great White Plague, tuberculosis has been found as early as ancient Egypt. With recent resurgences of this treatable illness, it is imperative we look to the past and remember those that lost their lives. Marsha Hayles gives us a look at the life of one of these patients. Evvy’s quiet dignity and strength are remarkable. We cry with her losses and cheer for her survival.
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Do you long for the crazy adventures of Georgia Nicolson as much as I do? Well, lament no further. Tallulah Casey is the remedy. Tallulah is Georgia’s younger cousin, and let me tell you all that wackiness runs in the family.
Tallulah is off to the moors of Yorkshire, yes the land of Heathcliff (that’s a Wuthering Heights reference people!!) She’s attending Dother Hall, a performing arts school, for the summer. Kooky locals, cute boys, fabbity fab friends, and an owl named Connie keep our heroine occupied in the country. And don’t fret, cousin Georgia’s comedy mustache is in good hands.
Louise Rennison again earns her title as the reigning Queen of Teen. Tallulah is just as funny as Georgia, but with a bit more compassion and room to mature. Withering Tights is a light-hearted romp you’re sure to enjoy. I’m already looking forward to the second installment in the series, A Midsummer Tights Dream.
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