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Publisher's Summary

A brand new fantasy adventure from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer A. Nielsen!

As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor's wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge - and quarantine colony - for the ill. The Scourge's victims, Ani now among them, can expect only to live out short, painful lives there.

However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn't know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She's been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so?

The Scourge is an explosively thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue, courage and heart, from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer A. Nielsen.

©2016 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.

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Great book!

I'm not going to lie, sometimes I get frustrated with books because they are too predictable or take too long to get into the meat of the story. This book didn't do that. It jumped right in and had enough turns to keep me guessing. I did eventually figure out what was going on before the big reveal, so to speak...but even then, there were details that weren't obvious and I loved that.

The voice of the narrator was perfect. I was worried about that at first because she sounded too "sweet", but she does a perfect job of bringing this book to life.

As an adult, it was fun to read, but I'd love to recommend it for 8th-12th graders. It doesn't have any explicit content, but gives the reader some deep societal things to consider.

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excellent!!

wonderful story full of little twists & turns & packed with witty banter!
the narrator is excellent! she reads with emotion & puts enough of an inflection on each charcters voice to make it distinctive without making it sound like she's trying too hard. perfect job!

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Phenomenal breathtaking story

Jennifer s Nielsen 's books are the best text in literature you could ever read any book that she has written is definitely worth your time I love this book so much the plot twists are breathtaking.

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Amazing

My absolute favorite book!!
I love this book so much it was so fun to listen to it had the perfect amount of action, not too much, not to Little.

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Intriguing and Action-packed

I didn't want to stop listening--this was well-written and excellent just like the Ascendance trilogy!

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Loved it

It was so great.

I loved this book so much and you should read it to

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great book

This book made a ten hour car trip fly by! My whole family loved it! Great performance. fantastic plot. We loved the spunky heroine and her love interest. We recommend this clean. family friendly book!

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crying whiny voice is ruining this story

I'm on chapter 10 and the choice to make Ani sound like she's always on the brink of tears is awful. Her naivety is also not endearing but painful. the pacing is horrendous. I'm going to have to buy the book if I want to finish the story. ughk.

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Good story

I enjoyed listening to the story with my 12 year old son. The narrator was a bit whiney but that was minor.

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One of Jennifer Nielsen's Best

This author's writing just keeps getting better! Strong female protagonist who isn't stereotypical, as we'll as mystery, a touch of romance, and the surprise twist like Nielsen does so well.

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