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The Black Death has never been eerier than in this time-slip tale by the Street Child author. What fate will befall Catherine and her siblings when they are transported to a strangely familiar barn, as the Black Death rages all around? Out walking in the Derbyshire hills, Catherine and her family are forced to take shelter from a storm. Yet the old barn where they huddle seems strangely familiar to Catherine. As the torchlight dims, shadows of the past crowd in. Memories of a time hundreds of years ago, when three children took refuge in a barn, not from a storm but from a terrible plague…

A classic tale inspired by the true-life village of Eyam, which in 1665 quarantined itself from its neighbours so that no other village would catch the plague.

“Vividly and sensitively realised.” Guardian

Product Details






Catnip Publishing Ltd

Date published

March 30th, 2007

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.0; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 192 pages


UK edition


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  1. Hayley 113303

    on 6 March 2014

    Very scary but tear conjuring I LOVE IT

    5out of 5
  2. Evie 113313

    on 1 January 2014

    This book bored me.

    1out of 5
  3. Croc 113527

    on 25 September 2013

    I remember this from when I was at school I’m exited to read this now with my daughter I hope she enjoys this as much as I did back then .

    5out of 5
  4. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 2 March 2012

    This is a good but haunting story. It is based on a true story about the plague in Eyam (a real place in England, i have been) It is a really good tale and i would recommend it for ages 11+