Plague: A Cross on the Door book cover

25 April 2013

Today sees the publication of two new children's books, a novel and companion non-fiction title, on the Great Plague of 1665. This is the second release of books in the new children's history range co-branded by The National Archives and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Using original sources from The National Archives, these books will provide important links to support the school history curriculum and wider cross-curricular reading and study for young readers aged seven and above.

Plague Unclassified: Secrets of the Great Plague Revealed by Nick Hunter uses real-life artefacts and documentation to help young readers build a true account of the bubonic plague and how it shaped Britain today - from what life was like in London during the outbreak, to where plague came from, how it was spread, and whether is still exists today.

Plague: A Cross on the Door, by children's author Ann Turnbull, is an historical fiction novel. It allows young readers to imagine what life would have really been like for people in London during the time of the Great Plague, focussing on a young orphan called Sam who finds his aspirations of becoming a shoe-maker interrupted by its arrival.

Andrew Payne, Head of Education and Outreach at The National Archives, said: 'Plague Unclassified and Plague: A Cross on the Door use some of the fascinating records we have here at The National Archives to help engage primary school children in history. Both books are cleverly written and designed to work alongside the history curriculum, encouraging children to actively explore and engage with the stories and historical sources of one of the most important and gruesome parts of our history.'

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