A remarkable story about a little-known tragedy in Australian history.
‘A brilliant and richly evocative insight into a fascinating and little-known aspect of our past.’ Jackie French, Australian Children’s Laureate
It’s 1900. thirteen-year-old Issy McKelvie leaves school and starts her first job – very reluctantly – as a maid in an undertaking establishment. She thinks this is about as low as you can go. But there’s worse to come. Issy becomes an unwilling rat-catcher when the plague – the Black Death – arrives in Australia. Issy loathes both rats and her father’s four yappy, snappy, hyperactive rat-killing terriers. But when her father becomes ill it’s up to Issy to join the battle to rid the city of the plague-carrying rats