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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
Author: Hooper, Mary

2003
Historical fiction
Age:13-15

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Hannah is excited about traveling to London to work in her sister Sarah’s sweetmeats shop. But the welcome she is expecting is tempered by the growing threat posed by bubonic plague as it creeps from the poorer sections of the city until Sarah and Hannah find themselves increasingly isolated when neighbouring homes and businesses close. Perhaps their best chance to survive will be a daring escape from the city. Each chapter of this story begins with a quotation from Samuel Pepys’ diaries that are coupled with the textured descriptions of seventeenth century London: the fetid air, the raw sewage, the palpable tension. Included is an analysis of the plague, and recipes for sweetmeats. A companion story to James Cross Giblin’s When Plague Strikes, and Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders.
 
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