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Publisher's Summary

It is 1650 and a baby lies raw and cold, dead before it even drew breath. A young servant girl, terrified and alone, is accused of its murder and sent to the gallows. Protesting her innocence in the chill air of a December morning, Anne Green is hanged.

Moments later, her lifeless body is lifted down from the scaffold and carried to the College of Physicians for brutal dissection. But as Anne's corpse lies on the table and the doctors assemble, a strange rattle is heard in her throat. Against all the odds, could she still be alive?

A riveting book for older children based on the true story of a girl who cheated the hangman's noose.

©2008 Mary Hooper

Critic Reviews

"First-rate ... Anne's story, handled with skill and passion, will be hard for anyone to put down." (The Times, UK)
"Anne's thoughts, from coffin to dissecting table, are juxtaposed with a third-person narrative, centering on a nervous young surgeon who is on hand to witness and assist in the young woman's dissection....Give this to readers who prefer their historical mysteries straight up - without an overlay of fantasy." (Booklist)

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