The Great Death

  • by John Smelcer
  • Narrated by Lorna Raver
  • 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"A gripping and poignant survival story, made even more so because of its basis on historical fact. ... Smelcer's prose is clean yet rich; original yet unpretentious, and he provides more than enough detail to satisfy diehard survival-story junkies." (Horn Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A nice story if ur interested in survival books

Really interesting book but I didn't really understand why Raven was in the book, and it's a very nice story about 2 girls surviving a plague that killed everyone in the town and them surviving it
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- Adam

Clean worded

I am not aloud to say the word that I would describe this book as. Why did the dogs die ?
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- Dana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2009
  • Publisher: Listening Library