HMH Books for Young Readers

A Death-Struck Year

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ISBN: 9780544164505
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2014-03-04
Number of pages: 288
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A School Library Journal Starred Review
A Georgia Peach Book Award Finalist 2015-2016
A 2014 ABC Best Books for Children Selection
VOYA's Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2014
A 2014 'Indies Introduce New Voices' Selection
A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next Pick

In the grip of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic, not even the strong survive.

The Spanish influenza is devastating the East Coast--but Cleo Berry knowsit is a world away from the safety of her home in Portland, Oregon. Then the flu moves into the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, andtheaters are shut down. The entire city is thrust into survivalmode--and into a panic.

Seventeen-year-old Cleo is told to stayput in her quarantined boarding school, but when the Red Cross pleadsfor volunteers, she cannot ignore the call for help. In the gruelingdays that follow her headstrong decision, she risks everything fornear-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student.Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies pile up, Cleocan't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Rivetingand well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-lifepandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history, andleaves readers asking: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk tomyself?

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