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Breathing Room by [Hayles, Marsha]
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Length: 256 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 10 - 14 Grade Level: 5 - 9

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Gr 5-8-Evvy Hoffmeister, 13, arrives at Loon Lake Sanatorium in Minnesota in the early 1940s in hopes of being cured of tuberculosis. She is confined to bed rest in a ward with three other adolescent girls, Beverly, Pearl, and Dena. Evvy misses her family, especially her twin brother, but adjusts to life at Loon Lake, a complex of buildings almost as vividly depicted as the staff and patients it houses. Stony Nurse Marshall, dubbed Old Eagle Eye by Dena, assigns privileges when the girls cough up less bloody sputum and show signs of improving health. Yet death is always close at hand, and Pearl, who had the privilege of leaving the sanatorium for a day, returns happily with gifts of decorated paper fans for her friends, only to die in the hallway from "throwing a ruby," a hemorrhage. Many archaic medical treatments are used on the patients, including thoracoplasty, the removal of a rib to allow a lung to collapse and heal. Sarah, a new patient, becomes Evvy's friend and shares the secret that she is Jewish. With awareness of World War II being fought in Europe, a staff member insults Evvy because of her German surname. She is a resilient and perceptive character who will not be defined by her illness. This powerful novel, illustrated with contemporary objects and documents, portrays an illness that is unfortunately making a comeback. A moving and well-wrought story.-Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“A moving and well-wrought story.” ―School Library Journal

“A quiet, sober story of a genuine heroine who survives a devastating disease with grace.” ―Kirkus

“…a perfect read…” ―Horn Book

“Hayles's sympathetic characters and detailed account is complemented by historical documents and photos throughout.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Hayles's evocative, airy imagery gives wing to her rhyming verse.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Feathered Crown

“Unadorned, gracefully rhyming text is partnered with delicate watercolor illustrations, resulting in a gentle perspective . . . that will strike a chord with nature lovers and young children settling down to sleep.” ―School Library Journal on The Feathered Crown

“The snappy text uses natural, unforced rhymes and repetition to great effect. . . . This book demands to be read aloud. The energy contained within coupled with the innocent joy of imaginative play are engaging and satisfying.” ―School Library Journal on He Saves the Day


Product details

  • File Size: 2610 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FU83TI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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