From the best-selling author of Parvana and Parvana's Journey comes an extraordinary story for young readers, set in fourteenth century France at the time of the Plague; a story about friendship, courage and the importance of resisting hypocrisy and despair.
Before Micah came to St Luc's, he knew how to beg, how to steal and how to run from a beating. He didn't know how to comb his hair or wait his turn. Now he was a stranger in a strange land. If it had been me, I would have found a way to disappear inside myself until the strangeness wore off. Micah was not like me.
Henri is used to the quiet routines of the abbey. He's shy and solitary, until Micah - a wild troublemaker with the voice of an angel - sweeps into his life like a fresh breeze. Micah stirs up fun and adventure at a time when Henri needs it most. For the Plague is coming. With the tail of a scorpion and breath of fire it will pass through every village and town until nothing can ever be the same. Together, Henry and Micah manage to find fun in the midst of fear. Marching about the countryside with their Company of Fools they revel in the healing power of laughter - at least for a while.
In this gripping story, acclaimed author Deborah Ellis celebrates the extraordinary resilience of children, their capacity for caring, and talent for happiness, even in the darkest times.
"a fascinating story which gives insights into the life of boys who lived in an unusual environment many hundreds of years ago." Anne Hanzl, Magpies"for fans of the Pagan books. A gem." Lucy Sussex, The Age Agenda25/4/04."gripping story" Readins MonthlyMarch 2004."an intricate and fascinating journey into history for older readers" Illawarra Mercury8/6/04humorous and heart-rending' Fiction Focusvol 18 No 2, 2004For fans of Cathy Jinks' Paganbooks. A gem.' ACYL Newsletter, Dec. 04
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 10+ years old
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1