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  • A pocket masterpiece

  • A masterly tale

    Lucy Mangan
  • If ever there was a book to make us thankful to live in modern times, have scientific cures and the NHS, this is it. Jill Paton Walsh catches the voices of long ago, in the unbroken narrative of one likeable girl: 'author' of the story. Punctuated by exquisite glimpses of Nature, beautiful and raw, and of joyous first love, the account lays bare the horror of a remorseless epidemic. Even knowing the historical facts, we go on hoping, crossing our fingers, holding our breath. The archaic language, jolting at first, feels familiar by the end and adds to the authenticity of the heroine's account. The message to the reader - if indeed there is one - feels important: be grateful for small mercies...and glad to be alive

    Geraldine McCaughrean
  • A beautifully written, meaningful story

    Publishers Weekly
  • [Jill Paton Walsh] had an unpatronising literary style and was ambitious about what children would enjoy


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