Big Top Burning recounts the true story of one of the worst fire disasters in US history. It follows the tragic stories of the Cook family, including children Donald, Eleanor, and Edward, who were in the audience that day and 15-year-old Robert Segee, a circus employee with an incendiary past. Author Laura Woollett guides readers through several decades of investigations and asks, Was the unidentified body of a little girl nicknamed “Little Miss 1565? Eleanor Cook” Was the fire itself an act of arson and did Robert Segee set it? Young readers are invited to evaluate the evidence and draw their own conclusions.
Terrible Typhoid Mary: a True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The second book recently released about Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, begins in 1906, when Mallon was hired as a cook for a wealthy family. When the family became sick with typhoid, it was discovered that Mary was a “healthy carrier”. Although she was not sick, she could spread the disease. Mallon was arrested and quarantined against her will on North Brother Island.