Menace in the Walls
by N. L. Eskeland
in the Walls begins
with 13- year- old Joshua helping his physician mother at
during a winter flood. While working in a research laboratory
later during the summer, Joshua stumbles on a menace that has
claimed the life of his beloved horse, Mandy. He is determined to
solve the mystery. During the course of the book, Joshua uncovers
his sister Kelley’s inadvertent link to a sinister plot
involving the mysterious deaths of infants. Readers are faced with
the question of whether Joshua can solve the case without putting
his life and Kelley’s in danger.
in the Walls,
published by Science2Discover Inc., is a children's fiction based
on a true and controversial story
that took place in the mid-1990s in Cleveland,
OH. During an outbreak of
pulmonary hemorrhage resulting in deaths of several young infants,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), led by Dr. Dorr G. Dearborn of
Case Western Reserve
University School of Medicine, investigated
the first 10 cases and found an association
between the deaths and water-damaged homes containing the toxic
mold, Stachybotrys. Since 1993,
Dearborn cites 47 cases of unexplained lung hemorrhages in infants
in northeastern Ohio. Sixteen of those infants have died. According to
Dr. Dearborn, ninety percent have come from water-damaged homes
containing toxigenic fungi and environmental tobacco smoke. It
appears that smoking triggered the hemorrhages, but the molds
caused the underlying damage. Dr. Dearborn read "Menace in the Walls" and advised N. L.
Eskeland on the medical aspect of the disease.
Design by Holly Smith
Softcover, 5.25 x 7.5"
Retail Price: $10.95
Release Date: May 2004.
Distributor: Quality Book, Baker and Taylor
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