Author: Carol Plum-Ucci
MLA Citation: Plum-Ucci, Carol. Streams of Babel. New York: Harcourt, 2008. Print.
Awards/Honors: Margaret A. Edwards Award
Annotation: When two women in Trinity Falls, a small southern New Jersey town, die within two days of each other from a brain aneurysm after suffering from flu-like symptoms for weeks, the question of coincidence arises. A teen in Pakistan acts as a virtual spy, capturing script about poisoning water supplies moves to New York in order to better capture the chatter. As more people in Trinity Falls become ill, can the simple sipping of tap water be killing them?
Booktalk: When a morphine addict dies from the flu, it is chalked up to a weaken immune system. When a lawyer dies from the flu as well within a day of the addict, people begin to question the coincidences. Autopsies turn up more coincidences, naming the cause of death as “Brain Aneurysm”.
Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Shahzad, a 16-year-old virtual spy works to learn more about the ominous message he found – “Waters will run red in Colony One…Waters will run red three hours from Home Base in December…They will drink in December and die like mangy dogs in April”. As the chatter increases and more people become sick, can Shahzad help the USIC find Colony One through Streams of Babel?
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