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Master Cornhill

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  637 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Victim of both the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, a homeless, penniless eleven-year-old must decide what direction his life should take.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 5th 1987 by Puffin (first published 1973)
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I loved this book. It tells in detail about medieval London and the fires that often ravaged through, also about the plague and a bit about a rather undiscovered trade: map colouring. Also, it has a nice, satisfying ending where everyone can be content.
Bob Collins
A coming of age story set in 1666 immediately after the plague and before and during the great London fire. Compelling characters and well established historical settings. Recommended.
Love love love this book. There's a lot of excitement, the characters are well drawn and the feel is authentic. Quite a few scenes centered on the old London bridge. Great read.
Started at a slow pace, but was ultimately an engaging portrait of London in the midst of the Black Death and Great Fire of 1666.
Although this book was a little slow going at first, I got more drawn into it near the end. A lot of great historical fiction is from this time era, and a lot of great historical fiction is by this author! Worth the slow beggining.
Emily-Jane Tams
Read this as a child, loved all the history.
Jenna Leigh
Loved, loved, loved historical fiction when I was younger. This is one of the books that I read and reread several times. Eloise Jarvis McGraw wrote great books for young adults, and a couple of my favourite novels as a kid were written by her. This was one of the books that inspired my fascination for English history, and although it's set in the later 1600s, it inspired an interest in the Elizabethan era and the culture of that time period. Highly recommended!
Kristine Pratt
Whew! I read and read wondering when the fire would start, and found myself pulled into the story regardless. I found myself really caring what would happen to each of the characters and worrying, knowing the disaster looming. The author has a really amazing ability to make you feel like you're right there, and so the cluttered, dirty city became very real, and I sorrowed when at last the first flames ignited. Wonderful book!
I really enjoyed this book. What was truly special was how Mrs McGraw helped you see London. Having been there I felt like I coud see St Paul's on Ludgate Hill. It also gave me a better perception of the growth outwards of the city.
Tammy Bertelsen
This is what I'm reading to my kids right now. It takes place directly before and during the Great Fire of London in 1665. It is an interesting way to learn about life in England in days gone by.
Abigail Rasmussen
I read this book when I was 11 years old. It's a good book to read when learning/studying about the time period of the Black Plague.
This book was about a boy returning to London after the plague to only watch it be destroyed by fire. Good historical fiction.
Dawn Roberts
One of our favorite authors! Great characters and an interesting depiction of life in London before the great fire.
I had to read this for school and it's the sole reason I know and care about the London fire in 1666. It's excellent.
Charity U
Fun story for pre-teens! Centers are the Great Fire of London (is that what it's called?).
I learned so much about the plague, orphans, the Great London Fire and really enjoyed this story.
really good. its about a little boy during the great plague in london around the 1800's.
The most recent book I am reading to Clara. I don't remember reading this one before.
WOnderful historical fiction. This is one of my favorite authors for young people.
Loved this story!! Am going to be reading it to my little sister ASAP :)
Riveting read. I enjoyed the characters a lot. Great way to learn history!
Mar 24, 2015 Hana marked it as to-read
London after the Great Fire during the reign of Charles II mid 1600s
Exciting, interesting. I learned about history I didn't know.
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Eloise Jarvis McGraw was an author of children's books. She was awarded the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. McGraw had a very strong interest in history, and among the many book ...more
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