The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice

Maggie Jankuloska

It’s 1665. Rats have infested homes and alleys in Marie Perrin’s provincial French town. Twelve-year-old Marie is set to become a maid, although she hungers for adventure. However, one mistake alters her fate and as punishment she is forced to apprentice for an intimidating rat-catcher.
Away from her parents and twin brother, and handling gnarly rat traps under Gustave Renard’s unusual mentorship, Marie must overcome a new set of challenges which come after a plague enters her town.
Are rats responsible for the spread of the illness? Can Marie find a way out of the bubbling danger around her?
The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice depicts non-traditional families, belonging and female bravery in an atmospheric historical setting.

Middle grade

Maggie Jankuloska

Maggie Jankuloska lives in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with her husband and son. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has a passion for historical fiction and layered characters. The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice is Maggie’s first novel.

MidnightSun Publishing

MidnightSun Publishing is a small press based in Adelaide dedicated to finding new and unknown voices in Australia and overseas. We publish works in diverse fields and genres including, but not limited to children’s fiction, literary fiction, Young Adult fiction, and short fiction anthologies.