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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia DeFelice Narrator: John McDonoug Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Life is hard for 12-year-old Lucas. First Uncle Asa dies of consumption, then Lizy and Pa. Now Mama is sick. And Lucas is the only one left to take care of her and their Connecticut farm. By the time his neighbor tells him of a strange, new cure, it is too late - Mama has just died.

Reeling with sorrow, Lucas wanders until he sees a help wanted sign for a doctor's apprentice. He feels better while he is helping to pull teeth, visit the sick, and bury the dead. When he discovers townspeople are dying of consumption here, too, he wants to help them. Should he try the macabre cure?

Novelist for young readers Cynthia DeFelice bases her gripping tale on actual practices of the mid-1800s to cure victims of the disease we now call tuberculosis. Narrator John McDonough will hold listeners spellbound as Lucas heroically attacks a mystery that even the adults can't solve.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 1/5/2014

    " This was interesting for its depiction of science versus superstition in the treatment of tuberculosis in the mid-1800s. Author is from central New York State. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sylvia | 10/20/2013

    " Apprentice to a doctor must overcome superstitions to save lives, see scientifically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matthew Johnson | 5/1/2013

    " very funny parts yet it is serious. good book tho "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Flower | 10/8/2012

    " Interesting look at medical knowledge 150 years ago. Nicely told story. "

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About the Author

Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling books for young readers, including The Ghost of Fossil Glen, Wild Life, Signal, The Missing Manatee, and Weasel. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children’s Books and Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. She lives in upstate New York.