The Scourge

The Scourge  –  Now Available! (Scholastic)

Goodreads summary: As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge — and quarantine colony — for the ill. The Scourge’s victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn’t know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She’s been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on.  But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so? “The Scourge” is an explosively thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue, courage and heart from “New York Times” bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Praise for The Scourge

“…a strong, feisty main character who narrates a story that is equal parts adventure, mystery, and political intrigue., with just a pinch of nascent romance thrown in…” – Horn Book


“Nielsen’s polished fantasy smoothly combines medieval elements with hints of mystery and romance…it delivers a significant message about how misinformation breeds intolerance.” —Publishers Weekly


“This is a story of corrupt government, but also a complex story of friendship, growing up and self-discovery. And learns to see others for who they are rather than who she expects them to be and she learns that while she is strong, she is stronger with the help of others.” —Soukovs Reviews

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Recognition for The Scourge

  • Denver Public Library Best Books 0f 2016 list
  • 2017-18 Tome Society IT List
  • 2018 Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee