by Geraldine Brooks, 308 pages, adult fiction, but great for adolsecents.
Anna Frith’s is a story of survival during the years of plague beginning in 1666 in Europe. Her life was already filled with hardship even before the plague arrived to their village. Her mother died when Anna was very young, her dad remarried, but the woman was not much of a mother and her father became more and more verbally and physically abusive to his children. Anna got out of the house by marrying young, but even before their second child reached one year old, her husband died in the mines. Anna’s tough and optimistic spirit helps her meet all of these challenges and it might be just these qualities that give her the strength to survive the horrors that the Black Plague brings.
If you enjoy historical fiction you might also like: Now is The Time for Running, by Michael Williams, or Looking for Me, by Betsy R. Rosenthal. Also, Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson is another historical fiction novel of survival in a time of devastating disease.