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Plague A Cross on the Door

Written by Ann Turnbull

Illustrated by Akbar Ali

Part of the National Archives Series

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Sam's adventures continue in The Great Fire - A City in Flames.

Plague A Cross on the Door Synopsis

In sixteen hundred and sixty-five there was hardly anyone left alive.

Spring 1665, London Sam was just a young boy when his master took him out of the orphanage to be his servant. When he was old enough, he was going to become his master's apprentice, a shoemaker, able to make his own way in the world. But that was before the plague arrived.

Abandoned by Alice, his master's maid and the closet thing that Sam's ever had to a mother, Sam finds himself nailed into his workshop home with only his dying master and pet dog Budge for company. The officials call it 'quarantine'. But for Sam it's a death sentence. Can Sam escape? And even if he does, will he be able to survive on London's ravaged streets?

Plague A Cross on the Door Press Reviews

The atmosphere of the plague-ridden city is expertly captured.  Irish Examiner 

Ann Turnbull's lovely prose overcomes them to make an engaging story in just a few words - a real art.  www.booksforkeeps.co.uk 

The story zips along and I found it engrossing.  The Historical Novel Society

The books contain enough tension to grip the reader and keep the stories flowing and the atmosphere of Stuart London is excellently evoked.  www.parentsintouch.co.uk

The author tackles this potentially disturbing story with balance and sensitivity, protecting readers into the experience rather than hiding them entirely from it. -- Tim Taylor Primary Teacher Update 

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ISBN: 9781408186879
Publication date: 25/04/2013
Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408186879
Publication date: 25th April 2013
Author: Ann Turnbull
Illustrator: Akbar Ali
Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Historical Fiction

About Ann Turnbull

I was born in Hertford, England and brought up in Bexleyheath, which was then in Kent but is now part of Greater London. I have always loved books; my childhood favourites were the Narnia stories by C S Lewis and Kipling’s Jungle Books. By the age of ten I had decided I wanted to be a writer. Paper always seemed to be scarce in those days, but I used to write stories on the unused pages left in old school exercise books, or even on the backs of opened-out envelopes. In my early teens two things happened that ...

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