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The Great Death

(2009)
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The Great Death arrived with the man from downriver, the one who came with the light-colored strangers and had little red spots covering his body. Thirteen-year-old Millie and her younger sister, Maura, are fascinated by the guests, but soon sickness takes over their village. As they watch the people they know and love die, the sisters remain unaffected and begin to realize that they will have to find a new home.

Alone in the cold Alaskan winter of 1917, struggling to overcome the obstacles nature throws their way, the girls discover that their true strength lies in their love for each other.

John Smelcer's spare and beautiful prose shapes the sisters' story with tenderness and skill, presenting a powerful tale of determination, survival, and family.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"An indispensible contribution to Alaskan literature." - J D Salinger


Used availability for John Smelcer's The Great Death

Hardback Editions

October 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Great Death
Author(s): John Smelcer
ISBN: 0-8050-8100-3 / 978-0-8050-8100-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Paperback Editions

October 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Great Death
Author(s): John Smelcer
ISBN: 1-84270-919-4 / 978-1-84270-919-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Andersen Press
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Audio Editions

December 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Great Death
Author(s): John Smelcer
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Great Death
Author(s): John Smelcer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA