At the sign of the Sugared Plum / Mary Hooper.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st U.S. ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: In June 1665, excited at the prospect of coming to London to work at her sister Sarah's candy shop, teenaged Hannah is unconcerned about rumors of Plague until, as the hot summer advances and increasing numbers of people succumb to the disease, she and Sarah find themselves trapped in the city with no means of escape.
    • Notes:
      Sequel: Petals in the ashes.
      Includes bibliographical references.
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    • ABNT:
      HOOPER, M. At the sign of the Sugared Plum. [s. l.]: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2003. ISBN 1582348499. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Hooper M. At the Sign of the Sugared Plum. Bloomsbury Children’s Books; 2003. Accessed January 26, 2020.
    • APA:
      Hooper, M. (2003). At the sign of the Sugared Plum. Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hooper, Mary. 2003. At the Sign of the Sugared Plum. Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
    • Harvard:
      Hooper, M. (2003) At the sign of the Sugared Plum. Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Available at: (Accessed: 26 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hooper, M 2003, At the sign of the Sugared Plum, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, viewed 26 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Hooper, Mary. At the Sign of the Sugared Plum. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2003. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hooper, Mary. At the Sign of the Sugared Plum. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2003.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hooper M. At the sign of the Sugared Plum [Internet]. Bloomsbury Children’s Books; 2003 [cited 2020 Jan 26]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2003 September #2

Gr. 5-8. In the summer of 1665, Hannah travels to London to live with her older sister, Sarah, the owner of a sweetmeats shop. But the bubonic plague begins taking hold, and although Hannah enjoys the excitement of big-city life, the realities of the epidemic soon become impossible to ignore. Hooper fills her story with the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth-century London: heads decorate London Bridge, and the putrid aroma of rotting meat and kitchen slops pervades the air. Secondary characters--among them an apothecary and his apprentice--help to broaden Hannah's experiences and enhance the many setting and historical details. Quotes from Samuel Pepys' Diary head each chapter, and appended notes and a glossary add to the authenticity of the story. Historical fiction buffs will find much to like, and classes studying the period will find this an excellent resource, especially when paired with James Cross Giblin's When Plague Strikes (1995), or Jim Murphy's An American Plague [BKL Je 1 & 15 03], which brings the tragedy of an epidemic closer to home. ((Reviewed September 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring

After moving to London to help her sister, Hannah runs into an old friend, falls for the apothecary's apprentice, and generally enjoys city life until the bubonic plague hits. Hannah is an engaging character, and the details of life in 1665 London are authentic. The novel's ending, in which Hannah and her sister escape London in disguise to rescue an orphaned infant, seems unfinished. Recipes. Glos. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2003 August #4

Hooper's (Amy) peppy historical novel starts out with a jaunty tone, and remains relatively chipper to the end-no mean achievement, considering that it's set in London in 1665, the year that the Great Plague wiped out more than a third of the city's population. Starry-eyed Hannah, the narrator, journeys to the city from her native village to help out in her sister Sarah's sweetshop. Even as she hears preliminary news about the plague, just about everything else fascinates her: the elegant ladies and dandies parading about the Royal Exchange, a brief encounter with actress Nelly Gwyn, even the decapitated heads mounted over London Bridge. A developing friendship with Tom, apprentice to the local apothecary, adds an extra sweetness to Hannah's daily routine. Visiting the Houndsditch market to trade old clothes for an elegant secondhand outfit (said to have been previously owned by a genuine countess!) and other small adventures paint a vivid picture of long-ago London that is marred only occasionally by bursts of anachronistic dialogue ("I feel so guilty about bringing you here and making you go through all this"). Meanwhile, the plague becomes ever more frightening as neighbors and even a dear friend sicken and die. So likable is Hannah that readers will cheer when she and her sister accomplish the near-miracle of escaping from the quarantined city, courtesy of a jerry-rigged plot device. A tale almost as tasty as the sisters' comfits. Ages 10-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.