Only a few people know what caused Lilianna Snyder’s sudden change from a model student to a withdrawn pessimist who worries about all kinds of disasters. After her parents are called away on business—her journalist father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother stuck in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey—Lil finds herself on her own when her town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread fatal illness. With her worst fears realized, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
Set in New Jersey, Pandemic is a contemporary young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a devastating bird flu pandemic.
“This is an engrossing apocalyptic story, told through Lil’s eyes and newsfeeds as her neighborhood, then the East Coast, and finally the entire U.S. buckles to its knees as the pandemic spreads. . . . Themes of friendship and coming together in a crisis carry the novel.” –School Library Journal
“…This realistic page-turner will keep most readers enthralled.” –Kirkus Reviews
“…Teen disaster fans will likely appreciate that the high schoolers are portrayed as good, helpful people, but certainly not perfect. This fast read will appeal to fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It (2006), even though the type of apocalypse is different.” –Booklist
“In all, Pandemic is a fast and gripping story. . . .The plot never failed to impress me; there was always a surprise around the corner. I loved how I could just jump right into the story due to the fact that it felt so real! . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would not hesitate to recommend it to those who have read Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer or other apocalyptic stories. I would also give it a rating of 5/5 stars!” —Sophie C., Teen Ink
An eductor’s guide for Pandemic is available for download.
About the Author
Yvonne Ventresca is the author of Pandemic (Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Publishing, May 2014), a contemporary, realistic young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a deadly flu outbreak. Yvonne’s other writing credits include two nonfiction books for kids: Avril Lavigne (a biography of the singer) and Publishing (about careers in the field). Yvonne lives in NJ with her family and two dogs. You can find her at YvonneVentresca.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
School Visit Information
Yvonne is available for in-person school and library events including talks, readings, and workshops. Contact her for more information or to schedule a visit.