Yesterday's Dead by Pat Bourke

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Thirteen-year-old Meredith yearns to become a teacher but must help support her family, so she travels to the city to work as kitchen help in a doctor's household. Conflicts with the butler, and with Maggie, the doctor's spoiled thirteen-year-old daughter, threaten her job from the start. As Spanish flu sweeps the world and reaches their city, members of the household fall ill one by one. Only Meredith, Maggie and Jack, Maggie's handsome older brother, are left to care for them. Every day the newspaper's list of yesterday's dead adds to Meredith's growing fear. Forced to cope, Meredith finds a strength and maturity beyond her years and shows herself to be a true hero despite her lowly station in the household. As Meredith wrestles with questions of duty and responsibility, she opens the door to a future that she thought had been closed forever.

About Pat Bourke

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Pat Bourke is a freelance business writer and editor. She has a passion for history and was inspired to write this story when she uncovered the history of the Spanish influenza, for which she sees many parallels today with SARS and the bird flu, as we struggle to prepare for the next "global epidemic.
Published April 1, 2012 by Second Story Press. 232 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the disease begins to overwhelm the city, Dr. Waterton is called away, leaving Parker and the eldest son, Jack (to whom Meredith feels a certain attraction) in charge.

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