American infectious disease experts expected the next pandemic to begin in Asia, giving the United States time to get ready.
They were wrong.
Lilianna, who trusts almost no one since a disturbing incident with a teacher, thinks she can prepare for future disasters by avoiding people and hoarding supplies.
She is wrong, too.
Separated from her parents when the pandemic hits NJ, the only way Lil can survive is if she relies on other people. But who can you trust in the midst of a deadly outbreak?
Praise for Yvonne Ventresca’s debut novel, Pandemic:
School Library Journal: “This is an engrossing apocalyptic story….Themes of friendship and coming together in a crisis carry the novel.”
Kirkus Reviews: “In her first novel, Ventresca pulls together three unrelated themes to create a medical thriller/romance. . . . this realistic page-turner will keep most readers enthralled.”
“Pandemic is riveting. . . .This book really speaks about the resiliency of the human spirit and what an individual can overcome when there are others relying on them . . .”
– Kathryn Svendsen, Shelf Full of Books
"After reading it, I felt like I should stock up on food, water and medicine. Just in case, of course…"
--Mrs. Mac, School Librarian and Blogger
"...the underlying theme is that of hope. Refreshing, really. A fairly tightly plotted disaster book with a dash of romance, what’s not to like?"
--June Cleaver Reads YA
“Yvonne Ventresca’s debut novel hits the ground running and never stops until the last page. This fast paced story about a teen who struggles to regain her sense of safety after an assault will have you reading well into the night...”
--C. Lee McKenzie, author of Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas
In Pandemic, only a few people know what caused Lilianna Snyder's sudden change from a model student to a withdrawn pessimist who worries about all kinds of disasters. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak--her journalist father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey--Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread fatal illness.
With friends and neighbors dying around her, Lil does everything she can to survive. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
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