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The Plague (Crow Chronicles)


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Praise for book one, The Mob: 'Martini writes spare but muscular prose which vividly conjures landscape, character and situation. He knows how to build narrative and create suspense and maintain reader interest until the very last sentence ... there is every intimation that the future volumes may be even more enthralling. An impressive debut' Daily Express Startlingly original, and packed with life-and-death drama and action From a prize-winning Canadian playwright and screenwriter, The Plague has all the best qualities of film drama in a book

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Clem Martini is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter who has written for both adults and young people. A professor of drama at the University of Calgary, he is a three-time winner of the Alberta Writer's Guild Drama Prize and was a Govenor General's Award nominee. The Plague is the second book in the Crow Chronicles trilogy, following The Mob, which was published to critical acclaim in 2006. The last in the series, The Judgment, is coming soon. Clem was born in Calgary, Alberta, and lives there with his wife and two daughters.


Gr 5-8-In this sequel to The Mob (Kids Can, 2004), a plague infects the crow population and humans invade their territory to capture the survivors. Absent when this occurs, Kyp returns to find his home destroyed and his best friend, Kym, kidnapped, and he vows to rescue her. Like its predecessor, the story is introduced as a tale from the point of view of Kata, an old crow. She is one of many birds that readers meet along the way. However, the fact that everyone's name starts with a "K" makes it hard to distinguish the players, and the lack of character development heightens the problem. The interesting folklore told through the storytellers almost makes up for the lack of action. However, the plague seems to be used simply as a device to get the story started as the plot revolves around Kyp's perilous journey to rescue Kym. Once she is found and conveniently saved, with the help of an unexplained fire, the story ends. Readers of the previous title may find this one of interest, but everyone else can pass on it.-Carly B. Wiskoff, Great Neck Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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