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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum

Book Report
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Claire Yount

on 17 October 2012

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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum Claire Yount Summary "At the Sign of the Sugared Plum" is a book written by Mary Hooper about a young girl that travels to London. Her sister lives there and owns a shop in the city. From the time she is little, Hannah dreams of going to live with her sister, Sarah, in London. However, once her family finally lets her go the plague is beginning to spread across London. She makes her way there before recieving the letter from Sarah telling her to stay away. Throughout this book, Sarah and Hannah do their best to survive in London and eventually make their way out of the city and are safe from this horrifying disease. About the Author: Mary Hooper Mary Hooper is an English author who specializes in teen fiction. In 2001, she won the North East Book Award for her work 'Megan'. Hooper wrote At the Sign of the Sugared Plum' in 2003 with intentions of making it a trilogy. She soon followed with the sequel 'Pedals in the Ashes' but has not yet finished the trilogy. Quotes "And I frightened to see so many graves lie so far above the churchyard where so many have been buried of the Plague." pg.104

"Every day sadder and sadder news of its increase... it is feared that the true number of the dead this week is nearer ten thousand." pg. 135 Historical References The Bubonic Plague
The main conflict of the book is about the disease and how it affected London. It includes details about Heath Certificates, Sickness Preventatives, and other stuff they used during that time that they thought could help. It is also very clear about what happened to the sick and how quickly they died and what they did with the dead bodies and their houses. The Royal Exchange
It is a social gathering that usually takes place near a coffee house. Hannah, the main character, goes to the exchange with her friend, Abby, a few times. She describes it as "a great blackened stone building, open in the center, with a gallery around each of its two floors". Small and fancy shops usually lined the building and people of all classes would be at them. Preventatives
Some of the plague preventatives that they thought worked included:
Carrying a piece of paper with the work Abracadabra written on it in the form of a triangle
Holding a gold token in your mouth
Chewed herbs and plant stems and ate flowers Book Review Overall, 'At the Sign of the Sugared Plum' is a good book. Set in 1665, Hooper takes you through Hannah's journey as if you are there. With some gross descriptions and sad stories you finish the novel with a better idea of how bad the plague really was. You see the true effect of the disease and the impact it had on families. The book is interesting not only because of the detail's of the plague, but also because of the eventful lives of Sarah and Hannah. You wonder what will happen to their shop because so many are being shut down as well as whether or not they will survive. Hooper also includes some romance when Hannah finds her dream guy in London. Hannah's love-interest Tom plays a big part in keeping the sister's safe and getting them out of London. If you like a fast paced novel full of adventure and romance than be sure to check out this novel by Mary Hooper. THE END!
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