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Yesterday's Dead af Pat Bourke
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Yesterday's Dead (udgave 2012)

af Pat Bourke

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Just after the First World War, thirteen-year-old Meredith must leave her small-town school to work as a servant in a doctor's home to help support her family, but, when the deadly Spanish Flu epidemic sweeps across the city, the doctor's household falls apart as its members fall ill one by one.
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Yesterday's Dead was a fast, good read packed with good characters, story development, and some early 20th century flu dread. Bourke's language is clean and crisp and her characters are three-dimensional. The whole kitchen set up reminded me a bit of Downton Abbey's Daisy and Mrs.Potts and the rich-house-turned-hospital added to that effect. I think that the story has a lot for the age group it is aiming for (10-13, the back says): responsibility, learning to move through anger and frustration, and death. All in all, recommended for a few hours of good story telling. ( )
  bluepigeon | Dec 15, 2013 |
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Meredith, a servant in a doctor's household in Toronto, experiences the ravages of the Spanish influenza in that city. I very much enjoyed this book, particularly as I haven't read much fiction about the 1918 flu pandemic. I found myself wanting more historical detail, but the amount presented is probably appropriate for the intended age group. The characters are somewhat stock characters, but the historical context makes up for the relative lack of character development. ( )
  casvelyn | Apr 22, 2012 |
"...I finished this book in one night, and again, I definitely liked it. The only other book I really remember reading that mentions the Spanish Influenza was Twilight, when Edward explains to Bella about the end of his human life. Bourke gives us a lot more to go on, as far as better understanding the extent of what this illness meant for the people in the midst of the outbreak. I've had the flu before, but this sounds a bit more awful, I think. I think I would have really enjoyed this book if I'd read it when I was younger, as well; I've always liked historical fiction, and with Meredith's story, Bourke covers a topic that isn't touched on as much for the main plot in a novel, so that's always welcome, I think."

For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger:

http://herebebookwyrms.blogspot.com/2012/04/yesterdays-dead.html ( )
  here.be.bookwyrms | Apr 21, 2012 |
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Young Meredith leaves home at the tender age of thirteen to be a maid for a wealthy doctor's family in 1918. With World War I raging overseas, soon Meredith and her friends will be battling for their own lives as the Spanish Flu epidemic wreaks devastation on everyone, regardless of class or age.

When I requested this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers I didn't realize it was for the age set of 10-13, but it was still a very enjoyable read, and I think it will get younger readers interested in the Spanish Flu epidemic, as the descriptions of the disease were intense but not too gruesome.

Meredith's interactions with the staff of the doctor's house and the friends she makes were very well written, and the author did a good job of portraying a courageous and endearing young heroine in Meredith. ( )
  FutureMrsJoshGroban | Apr 2, 2012 |
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A young girl from a small town is hired to be a maidservant in the big city of Toronto. While she'd rather be a teacher, she needs to help support her family and keeps that in mind when meeting her new coworkers and the household children.

It's 1918 and the Great War is still taking place over in Europe. While Meredith tries to get settled into her new job responsibilities, the Spanish Flu is making itself known and soon no one is safe from the sickness.

This was a very enjoyable Young Adult book with a likeable main character. Recommend for anyone wanting a good historical book with a strong female lead.
  taisiia | Apr 1, 2012 |
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