Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca Blog Tour - Tens List + Giveaway


Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca
Published: 6th May 2014 by Sky Pony Press

Pandemic is a contemporary, realistic young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a bird flu pandemic.

In Pandemic, only a few people know what caused Lilianna Snyder’s sudden change from a model student to a withdrawn pessimist who worries about all kinds of disasters.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.

Book Links
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Tens List by Yvonne Ventresca

Top Ten Fictional Survival Books

1. The Stand by Stephen King
One of the first survival books I ever read, The Stand has the disease angle, epic good vs. evil, and great plot twists. It left a huge impression on me.

2. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
In this YA novel, Miranda and her family struggle to survive after a meteor collides with the moon, creating devastating consequences on Earth and her small hometown in Pennsylvania.

3. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
A companion novel to Life As We Knew It, this story portrays the same disaster, but experienced by a teen boy living in New York City.

4. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
An award-winning survival story set during a historical yellow fever outbreak.

5. Ashfall by Mike Mullin
In the aftermath of a supervolcano eruption, Alex struggles to survive a cross-country journey to reunite with his family. This is a well-researched, realistic disaster story, making it that much scarier.

6. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
A dystopian survival story . . . with zombies.

7. Winnie’s War by Jenny Moss
A family and relationship story set during the historic Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

8. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
 A classic wilderness survival story that won the Newbery Honor in 1960.

9. Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter

A lyrically written short novel about falling in love and fighting for survival during the Spanish Influenza of 1918.

10. Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

A fatal virus has greatly diminished the US population, leaving survivors in need of a daily viral suppressant that was discovered through time travel. The main character, Clover, is autistic and uses a service dog, but she also possesses an extraordinary memory. When Clover struggles to save her brother from being accused of a future crime, she learns more about time travel and uncovers government secrets.

Survival stories on my to-read list:
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier, Ashen Winter and Sunrise by Mike Mullin, and The Living by Matt de la Pena.

Author Bio - Yvonne Ventresca

Yvonne Ventresca author photo. YvonneVentresca.comBefore becoming a children’s writer, Yvonne Ventresca wrote computer programs and taught others how to use technology. Now she happily spends her days writing stories instead of code and sharing tips with other writers. Yvonne is the author of the young adult novel Pandemic, available in May 2014 from Sky Pony Press.

Yvonne grew up in Levittown, New York, where the suburban homes were famously identical in design and the streets were named in sections (birds, astronomy-related, random occupations). Her quest for publication began in middle school (sort of) when she asked the librarian for information on how to physically create a book. Writing was fun, but how do you actually get those words into bound pages? The small library didn’t have any materials about that, and it would be many years before Yvonne achieved the goal of writing a published book.

Yvonne majored in English and Computer Science – an unusual combination, but when she was stuck on a literature assignment she could debug her programs, and when that got boring she could write an essay. That strategy worked well and she graduated with honors from Hofstra University, followed by her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Her post-college life was divided into two phases: life in the corporate world (where she worked as a computer programmer, technology trainer, recruiter, and compensation analyst) and later, life as a writer.

She definitely prefers phase two. During her writing career, Yvonne has written instructional video scripts about technology, numerous articles for children and adults, a nonfiction book for teens about careers in publishing, and a biography for teens about the singer Avril Lavigne. But her real love is fiction, and after several attempts at writing a novel, she created a story about a contemporary bird flu pandemic.

Yvonne Ventresca currently resides with her husband and two teenage children in New Jersey.

Author Links
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$75 Visa Gift Card + a canvas Pandemic with a signed hard cover, limited edition Pandemic necklace, bookmarks, and anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.

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-Ends 16th June 2014

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting about my ten favorite survival books.