Author: Makiia Lucier
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers (Houghton Mifflin)
Expected Publication: March 4, 2014
In the grip of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic, not even the strong survive.My Thoughts: I'm from the Pacific Northwest and lived in Portland for 4 years so anything set there is going to attract my attention. Combine that with the Spanish Influenza which I find fascinating and you've got me sold!
The Spanish influenza is devastating the East Coast—but Cleo Berry knows it is a world away from the safety of her home in Portland, Oregon. Then the flu moves into the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters are shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode—and into a panic.
Seventeen-year-old Cleo is told to stay put in her quarantined boarding school, but when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she cannot ignore the call for help. In the grueling days that follow her headstrong decision, she risks everything for near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?
Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history, and leaves readers asking: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?