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Streams of Babel

by Carol Plum-Ucci

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | January 18, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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Bioterrorism has come to a small town in New Jersey. Two residents die of brain aneurysms within twenty-four hours and several teens become ill with a mysterious flu, leading the government to suspect that a terrorist cell has unleashed a deadly biochemical agent. With each glass of water they drink, the people of Trinity Falls are poisoning themselves.

A world away in Pakistan, a sixteen year old computer genius working as a spy for the U.S. sees an influx of chatter from extremists about a substance they call Red Vinegar that will lead to many deaths. Can he warn the victims before it''s too late?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7 × 5 × 1 in

Published: January 18, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547258739

ISBN - 13: 9780547258737

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Streams of Babel

by Carol Plum-Ucci

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7 × 5 × 1 in

Published: January 18, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547258739

ISBN - 13: 9780547258737

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one Cora Holman Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:13 p.m. I sat VERY STILL, waiting for the police and ambulance to arrive. If I dropped my gaze from the living room window, I could see my mother''s body on the couch from the corner of my eye. So I stared out at the oak trees and silhouettes passing under the streetlamp. A girl''s voice rose, with a couple of guys adding whoops and shouts. ". . . gonna win tomorrow! Go, Trinity!" My wish wrenched my insides?to be that carefree girl out on our pretty street, with sports and guys to worry about instead of this. I had assumed, like anyone would have, that my mother had just overdosed. I call my mother Aleese. She had walked into my life for the first time when I was twelve. She was an addict then and got worse, but fortunately, she didn''t make public spectacles of herself. Even so, I''d always feared a visit from the police, and the moment had arrived. A minute after the singing died away, flashing red lit up the house like a fire. I sat in the chair beside Aleese, gripping a glass of water. I knew from my grandmother dying three years ago that the shock doesn''t hit you right away. I couldn''t look at Aleese on the couch, but I could say things in my head, like She has died and I am alone now, knowing the shock was about four days off. I thought there might be some way to keep Aleese''s drug habit from looking so awful. If the paramedics got suspicious that we weren''t particularly close, I could mention that Oma, my grandmother,
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Bioterrorism has come to a small town in New Jersey. Two residents die of brain aneurysms within twenty-four hours and several teens become ill with a mysterious flu, leading the government to suspect that a terrorist cell has unleashed a deadly biochemical agent. With each glass of water they drink, the people of Trinity Falls are poisoning themselves.

A world away in Pakistan, a sixteen year old computer genius working as a spy for the U.S. sees an influx of chatter from extremists about a substance they call Red Vinegar that will lead to many deaths. Can he warn the victims before it''s too late?

About the Author

Carol Plum-Ucci has been widely praised for capturing the heart and voice of teens while seamlessly combining reality with the supernatural. Her first novel, The Body of Christopher Creed, was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and IRA-CBC Children''s Choice, and a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. Her subsequent books have all earned much critical acclaim and many award citations. www.carolplumucci.com

Editorial Reviews

"This is a story about the threat of bioterrorism as seen through the eyes of the generation that will grow up with it as a reality, not just as a fictional bogeyman. The teens are the focus here, all excellent character studies drawn adeptly with few words. The swift pace grabs the reader right from the start, with a page-turning intensity. Plum-Ucci takes the incredible and makes it all too believable." (starred review)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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