A Death-struck Year

A Death-struck Year

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For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country—that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode—and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
ISBN: 9780544164505
0544164504
9780544541184
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION LUCIE...M
Characteristics: 282 pages ; 21 cm

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blue_monkey_2026 Jun 17, 2015

I really liked this book because it was a perfect mix of history and captivating material. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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notthatjenn
Oct 17, 2014

Flat characters and an utterly predictable plot make this book a slog to read. The subject (the deadly influenza epidemic in the early 1900s) is interesting, but the treatment it gets here is not worth your time.

smithflo Jul 26, 2014

Great book, I just finished session two of Downton Abby, so this book about the Spanish influenza was a great continuation of the historical time frame.

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