Synopses & Reviews
The 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner for the Atlantic region!
Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Liliannas circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isnt about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lils worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreakher 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 JerseyLils town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, shes more alone than shes been since the incident” at her school months ago.
With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
"Ventresca's debut novel will appeal to those who love realistic coming of age stories, romances, or disaster fiction. Bravo!" --Mike Mullin, award-winning author of the Ashfall Trilogy
"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. Pandemic is an exciting new addition to Young Adult books." --C. Lee McKenzie, author of Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas
"You'll be rooting for Lil and Jay!" --Debbie Dadey, author and coauthor of The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series and the Mermaid Tales series
"A suspenseful, authentic and emotional narrative. . . . Riveting and terrifyingly real with moments of hope that shine through when you least expect it, Pandemic is one that will stay with you long after you read the last page." --Amalie Howard, author of the Aquarathi series, The Almost Girl series, and Alpha Goddess
"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
"There is no shortage of tension or death and a few gruesomely dead bodies, but 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 ." —Booklist
About the Author
is a middle grade and young adult author. Ventresca has previously published two middle grade nonfiction books with Lucent Books: Publishing
and Avril Lavigne
. She has also written over thirty articles for various print and online publications, including ByLine Magazine
. She currently resides with her husband and two teenage children in New Jersey.