Maria and the Plague: A Black Death Survival Story (Girls Survive)

by Natasha Deen (Author) Francesca Ficorilli (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Girls Survive
Years of bad weather and natural disasters have choked Italy's food supply, and the people of Florence are dying of starvation. Breadlines are battlegrounds, and young Maria has to fight for her family's every loaf. Adding to the misery, the Black Plague is rapidly spreading through the country, killing everyone in its path. Maria has already lost her mother and sister. Will she be strong enough to save the rest of her family before it's too late?
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Natasha Deen

Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. Natasha is the author of many books, including the Lark Ba Detective series in the Orca Echoes line, several titles in the Orca Soundings line and In the Key of Nira Ghani, which won the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and was nominated for the Red Maple Award. Natasha lives in Edmonton.

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Guided Reading Level
Stone Arch Books
Publication date
January 20, 2021
Girls Survive
BISAC categories
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV001010 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV016000 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | General
Library of Congress categories
Family life
Middle Ages
14th century
Black death

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