Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca for the A to Z 2015 Challenge

Today the letter feature is "P" and I'm honored to host Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca. Yvonne and I are fellow members of The Muffin Commando Squad and I'm humbled by the talent from our group. Without further ado, I present to you Pandemic and Yvonne Ventresca. 

Pandemic (Sky Pony Press, 2014) a young adult novel by Yvonne Ventresca.

Excerpts from a review by Jim Cobb of Survival Weekly:

“I can honestly say this is one of my favorite reads thus far this year and easily ranks in my top 25 favorite disaster novels.  Yeah, it is that good. . . . Rather like many real world examples of flu pandemics, the very young and the very old are largely unaffected, while those in the prime of their lives are among the highest concentrations of victims.  This is just one of many examples throughout Pandemic where it is obvious the author has done her homework. . . . Throughout the book, the characters are very well written, with dialogue being spot on in every scene.  The reactions and motivations of the characters make perfect sense and ring true. . . . All in all, Pandemic is a tremendous read.  It is fast paced, with the reader pulled along page by page.  There are books you read and enjoy and there are books you are disappointed when you reach the end.  Pandemic definitely falls into the latter category.”

Yvonne Ventresca is the author of PANDEMIC (Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Publishing, 2014), a contemporary young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a deadly flu outbreak. Before becoming an author, Yvonne wrote computer programs and taught others how to use technology. Now she happily spends her days writing stories instead of code. Yvonne’s other writing credits include two nonfiction books for kids, AVRIL LAVIGNE (a biography of the singer) and PUBLISHING (about careers in the field). Yvonne lives with her family and dogs in New Jersey.

Intrigued! For more information about Yvonne and her books visit:

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

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  1. Great to read post,
    Have a good week-end Donna.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Hope you have a good weekend too!

  2. Replies
    1. Terrific, glad I've introduced Yvonne to you!

  3. Sounds like a very interesting read - thanks for highlighting..
    David -

    1. Thanks for dropping by and lending your support. Hopping over to visit you now!

    2. Sounds like a great read, Donna. Thanks!

    3. Thanks for your never ending support!

  4. This book goes perfectly with my P post. I'll have to add it to my TBR list. :)

    1. Thanks Chrys! Yvonne is a fellow Muffin Commando Squad member for the A-Z Challenge!

  5. Sounds like a real time read; I need to have a closer look.
    Congratulations, Yvonne.
    Thanks do much, Donna.

    1. Thanks for your support, much appreciated!

  6. I am not sure I would be into this story, but it sounds good for people who like action backed YA novels.

  7. This sounds like a really good read, and since I visited Yvonne's blog only a matter of minutes ago, I wish I'd noticed it there too. I must pay more attention when blog-hopping!
    Thanks for featuring it!

  8. So great to find Yvonne's books featured on P Day! I know she's thrilled.

  9. Donna -- Thanks so much for featuring Pandemic for P! This is wonderful!


  10. I don't know why the concept of a pandemic is so appealing to me in fiction. What does that say about me? I don't like any other kind of action/adventure or sci-fi...


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