Years of bad weather and natural disasters have choked Italy's food supply, and the people of Florence are dying of starvation. Breadlines are battlegrounds, and young Maria has to fight for her family's every loaf. Adding to the misery, the Black Plague is rapidly spreading through the country, killing everyone in its path. Maria has already lost her mother and sister. Will she be strong enough to save the rest of her family before it's too late?
This thrilling installment in the Girls Survive series invites young readers to imagine themselves in the midst of one of the most infamous epidemics in human history. Maria's compelling story, and the included back matter about the Black Plague, will help make history come alive — all through the eyes of a girl like them.