Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!
I thought it was about time for me to add a nonfiction potential to our Mock Printz Award list. I have a difficult time with nonfiction books, but they are an important part of the YA genre.
Title: Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Author: Albert Marrin
The author explores the spread of diseases throughout time, focusing on the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. He addresses world events related to the disease and how they were impacted because of the disease. There is a strong focus on World War I because the course of this war was greatly impacted by the sickness. Marrin explains the current implications of this virus in today’s global world, and continuously reminds the reader that the possibility of another pandemic is likely.
The cover of this book is the best part. I know readers will be drawn to it based simply on the compelling cover image, like I was. However, I was disappointed by what I found inside. This book felt more about World War I and less about the actual virus. I also think that it would have done better to focus specifically on the 1918 pandemic and the real people impacted by the sickness. This could have been a unique exploration of the past, but the focus on more typical historical events takes away from this.