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Mark of the Plague: Blackthorn Key, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Teens fight plague, pursue murderers in thrilling sequel.

Book Kevin Sands Mystery 2016
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Kevin Sands delivers a thrilling sequel with appealing teen (and bird) heroes, creepy villains, challenging puzzles, and plenty of mortal danger. It's easy to root for apothecary-in-training Christopher and his friends as they try to solve mysterious puzzles, decipher coded messages, and stop murderous villains as The Mark of the Plague falls upon its luckless victims. Sands' vivid descriptions plunge the reader into the often-scary world of London in 1665 -- and offer a lot of humor when, say, a lab experiment doesn't exactly go as planned.

As in the first book, there's the occasional too-modern howler -- in this case, numerous references to "paranoia." But it doesn't break the spell as the young heroes pursue truth, justice, and a cure for a horrible disease.

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