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Streams of Babel

by Carol Plum-Ucci

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | January 18, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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In a New Jersey suburb, two women die of brain aneurysms within twenty-four hours--events that cause 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 virtual spy for the United States sees an influx of chatter from extremists about a substance they call Red Vinegar that will lead to many deaths in Colony One. Can he warn the victims before it's too late? A Printz Honor Award winner and two-time Edgar Allan Poe Award finalist, Carol Plum-Ucci explores disturbing new terrain in this riveting novel that examines the heroes and victims involved in a terrifying act of bioterrorism.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7 × 5 × 1.12 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

Streams of Babel

by Carol Plum-Ucci

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7 × 5 × 1.12 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 HolmanThursday, February 28, 20026:13 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, had raised me.
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In a New Jersey suburb, two women die of brain aneurysms within twenty-four hours--events that cause 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 virtual spy for the United States sees an influx of chatter from extremists about a substance they call Red Vinegar that will lead to many deaths in Colony One. Can he warn the victims before it's too late? A Printz Honor Award winner and two-time Edgar Allan Poe Award finalist, Carol Plum-Ucci explores disturbing new terrain in this riveting novel that examines the heroes and victims involved in a terrifying act of bioterrorism.

About the Author

Carol Plum-Uccihas 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