Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Yesterday's Dead by Pat Bourke
Dr. Waterton was a kind person even with all the stress he was under with his children to raise since wife had died and the Spanish Flu to contend with.
Since Meredith had to make a good impression on the Watertons, she did her utmost to make everything work out as best as she could, especially when everyone began to fall ill from the Spanish flu. Meredith is the main character, and you will love her, her strength, her level-headedness, and her sweetness.
Even though I normally do not read YA books, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I always enjoy books set in the early 1900's and am always amazed how people cooked in stoves that were powered by coal. I also enjoy the setup of the households of the wealthy in terms of how many servants they had and how they were treated and how the servants treated each other.
This is a book for those who love historical fiction and have a love of the life Americans, Canadians, and Europeans lived before all our conveniences and medicines. It actually is frightening in terms of illnesses with no antibiotics to cure anyone. Wonder if antibiotics would have had any effect in this strain of the flu?
Enjoy the book....I certainly did and benefited from the history lesson. I definitely enjoyed the interaction among the characters. This would make a great discussion in a classroom in terms of how today's youth would feel about the way the characters reacted to each other and how illnesses are treated differently today. In fact, there would be many topics for interesting group discussions. 5/5