The Plague. The Black Death. The Pestilence. Fourteenth century Europe and China suffered a terrifying outbreak of an unpredictable disease. It swept through the population like wildfire, killing weak and strong alike, with no respect for wealth or honour. Why did it happen? Who was left to tell the tale?


Ananda Braxton-Smith is a journalist and children's author. She has written several titles for Black Dog Books, including a series for older readers, the Secrets of Carrick. The first two books in the series, Merrow and Tantony, were Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Books in 2011 and 2012, in addition to being finalists in the Young Adult Fiction category of the 2010 and 2011 Aurealis Awards.

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