THE PLAGUE by Joanne Dahme

THE PLAGUE

Age Range: 12 - 15
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An orphan becomes an innocent pawn in a dangerous political plot that carries her from London to Bordeaux while the Black Death cuts a swath through 14th-century Europe. Fifteen-year-old Nell escapes a life of poverty when her amazing likeness to Princess Joan earns her the job of stand-in for the princess. En route to her marriage to Prince Pedro of Castile, the princess succumbs to the plague. Her wily brother Edward, the Black Prince, devises a cunning plan to have Nell masquerade as the princess so the marriage can still take place. Nell, her brother George and a young soldier escape into countryside ravaged by plague, where they are relentlessly pursued by the Black Prince and his army of charmed rats. From start to finish, Nell’s lively first-person narrative conveys a palpable atmosphere of deception and terror, propelling readers from one hair-raising event to the next. Despite the contrived ending that finds Nell a prisoner in the Tower of London, Dahme successfully blurs fact and fiction to capture the pervasive horror that infected life during the plague. (Historical fantasy. 12-15)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7624-3344-5
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Running Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2009




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