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My New Zealand Story

Pandemic by Sally Stone

published by Scholastic NZ


The last influenza pandemic the world faced was in 1918, when the deadly Spanish Flu spread around the world.


Part of the popular My NZ Story series, Pandemic is the fictional day-to-day diary of 11-year-old Freda Rose, who is looking forward to the return of her brother Bobby from the Western Front.


It is 1918 and little does she know that something else is on its way from battle-scarred Europe: a disease that will soon prove more devastating than any war. As time goes on, more and more people fall prey to the Spanish Flu, schools are closed and public gatherings cancelled. And when at last Bobby does come home, he is not the same person who went away.