The House on Hound Hill by Maggie Prince

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Something is not right in Emily's new house in the historic London neighborhood of Hound Hill. It's not just the hollowed-out treads worn in the crooked wooden stairs or the hearth that survives from the seventeenth-century. It has more to do with the sudden appearance of a wild-eyed young man looking for a small kitten with a bent tail. And the discovery of a black rat in the chimney - the same kind of rat that was responsible for the dreaded bubonic plague that killed tens of thousands of Londoners in the 1665 epidemic. The stress of her parents' recent separation and the move to a new house and school are disorienting for Emily, and she begins to experience distressing symptoms: headache and fever, extreme thirst, and hallucinations. She finds herself traveling back in time with the mysterious young man, back to a very different city where tallow candles light the streets and a terrible cart makes the rounds every evening. Readers will be swept up in this riveting and suspenseful ta

About Maggie Prince

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Maggie Prince is an award-winning British author of young adult novels. This is her first book published in the United States.
Published October 26, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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A plague in 1665 London takes center stage in this time-travel novel, as a girl starts to have peculiar visions after moving into a historic row house when her parents divorce.

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As Emily hears clanging bells at night, smells bitter tallow candles, meets crowds of beggars and confronts a supposedly extinct black rat in her chimney, she finally realizes what is immediately obvious to the reader: that she can perceive the events of another time and even visit 1665.

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Why, on a perfectly ordinary street at twilight, does it seem to Emily that she has slipped back into the past -- into plague-infested, seventeenth-century London, with its dead carts and starving beggars and quarantined houses -- and why is Seth there with her?

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