The Scourge

the-scourgeWritten by Jennifer A. Nielsen


Ani Mels is a young girl living in the river country of Keldan. Despised by the townspeople (who refer to them as “Grubs”) the river people are isolated from most of society. So, when Ani is captured by the Governor’s wardens and tested for the dreaded Scourge she is shocked to find out that she tests positive for the plague. Sent to die on Attic Island with the rest of the afflicted, Ani is determined to fight for survival. However, she, along with her best friend Weevil, soon find out that Attic Island has many secrets and things are not what they seem to the outside world. This is an adventure that is filled with mystery and intrigue and really keeps the reader guessing up until the end on who the villains of the story really are. Jennifer A. Nielsen is a terrific author and her novels are always entertaining and thought provoking. I highly recommend this book for 5th grade and up.

Review by Lynda H. Wilson, David Gourley Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: 5th-8th Grade

The Scourge
Written by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Scholastic Press
353 pages
Release Date: August 30, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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9 thoughts on “The Scourge”

  1. GIVEAWAY ALERT! We have a copy of this title to give away to a school library, teacher, or student in Granite School District. Leave a comment here and we will draw a winner on November 14.

  2. Jennifer Nielsen is a favorite author of many kids in our school. They’ll be so excited to know she has a new one.

  3. I don’t think I’ve read any of her books!! This story sounds like one I would really love. I’m checking online to see what else she has written…

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