Close to Home: A Story of the Polio Epidemic
In the summer of 1952, Betsy sees her vacation fun overshadowed by the spreading polio epidemic, while her mother and other scientists work frantically to develop a vaccine for the crippling disease.
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ambulance Andover Terrace Applegate hurried best friends Betsy couldn't sleep Betsy heard Betsy looked Betsy sat Betsy stood Betsy thought Betsy wondered Betsy's mother blueberry pie boys buckets Chlorophyll Close to Home Communist Corbett crippled legs dodgeball dress Elizabeth Falk School father felt front door hair hearing his bad Henry Blum hill horrible exercises Julia Linnell read jumped laughed legs was thin Leticia pointed Leticia stood Leticia's house little girl live MARCH OF DIMES monkeys muscles needle Once Betsy Pillsbury Bake-Off Pinko Pittsburgh plaid blanket POLIO EPIDEMIC polio medicine poor Henry's lucky Ralph Kiner ruby slippers Salk sawhorse scientists scowling little monster Semel called shoes shortcut to Andover sidewalk siren sitting Slowly Betsy turned sore sorry stared at Betsy street stuck Stuey Hancock summer swimming pool tell tiny Tony and Shane trying walked wheelchair wheelie whisper window wish yelled