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Publisher Comments:

Evvy Hoffmeister is thirteen years old when her family brings her to Loon Lake Sanatorium to get cured of tuberculosis (TB). Evvy is frightened by her new surroundings; the rules to abide are harsh and the nurses equally rigid. But Evvy soon falls into step with the other girls in her ward. Theres Sarah, quiet but thoughtful; Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour; and Dina, whose harshness conceals a deep strength. Together, the girls brave the difficult daily routines. Set in 1940 at a time of political unrest throughout the U.S. and Europe, this thought-provoking novel sheds light on a much-feared worldwide illness. Hundreds of thousands of people died each year of TB, and many ill children were sent away to sanatoriums to hopefully recover.

Marsha Hayles' Breathing Room is a masterful novel—both eloquent and moving—that gives voice to those who fought hard to overcome the illness.

Review:

"Set in 1940 at a sanitarium in Loon Lake, Minn., this first novel from picture-book author Hayles (Bunion Burt) is an evocative piece of historical fiction. Thirteen-year-old Evvy Hoffmeister has tuberculosis and feels abandoned by her family when she's sent to the sanitarium to be cured. The cold nurses, strict rules, mind-numbing routines, and endless bed rest are dispiriting for Evvy and her roommates: kind Beverly, glamorous Pearl, and defensive Dena. 'Trying to stay alive at Loon Lake felt like it was killing me already,' says Evvy. Nonetheless, the girls find strength in each other and discover creative ways to bring cheer. Evvy bonds with a new roommate and a warm nurse, but the beginning of war in Europe and the constant deaths in the institution keep the patients under a dark cloud. Evvy's strong, emphatic narration gives voice to her resentment, isolation, and determination. Hayles's sympathetic characters and detailed account is complemented by historical documents and photos throughout. Readers will feel plunged into the book's intimate — claustrophobic, even — setting and immersed in Evvy's daily struggles. Ages 10 — 14. Agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Marsha Hayles is the author of several books for young children. This is her first novel. She lives in Pittsford, New York, with her family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805089615
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Author:
Hayles, Marsha
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Children s-Health Stories-General
Subject:
Health & Daily Living/Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Subject:
Children s-Health Stories-Diseases
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 14

Related Subjects


Children's » Health » Diseases
Children's » Health » General
Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 20th Century
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Death and Dying
Young Adult » General

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Product details 272 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805089615 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in 1940 at a sanitarium in Loon Lake, Minn., this first novel from picture-book author Hayles (Bunion Burt) is an evocative piece of historical fiction. Thirteen-year-old Evvy Hoffmeister has tuberculosis and feels abandoned by her family when she's sent to the sanitarium to be cured. The cold nurses, strict rules, mind-numbing routines, and endless bed rest are dispiriting for Evvy and her roommates: kind Beverly, glamorous Pearl, and defensive Dena. 'Trying to stay alive at Loon Lake felt like it was killing me already,' says Evvy. Nonetheless, the girls find strength in each other and discover creative ways to bring cheer. Evvy bonds with a new roommate and a warm nurse, but the beginning of war in Europe and the constant deaths in the institution keep the patients under a dark cloud. Evvy's strong, emphatic narration gives voice to her resentment, isolation, and determination. Hayles's sympathetic characters and detailed account is complemented by historical documents and photos throughout. Readers will feel plunged into the book's intimate — claustrophobic, even — setting and immersed in Evvy's daily struggles. Ages 10 — 14. Agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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