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Dear Canada: If I Die Before I Wake

The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, Toronto, Ontario, 1918

by Jean Little

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list price: $14.99
also available: eBook
published: 2007
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year
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"I can hardly bear to look at Fanny. She is grey and her breath rasps and gurgles and wheezes. She has lost pounds. Her face is all hollow and a dark colour. A bluish grey. That is one of the symptoms of this Flu, Aunt told us. Nobody is saying the word, but we all know. So many have died, but not my Fan. I will not leave her no matter what anyone says."

Fee uses her diary to record all of her fears when the Spanish Flu rages through Toronto. It comforts her when she almost loses her twin sister - and when it actually takes their older sister Jemma.

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One of Canada's premier authors, JEAN LITTLE's previous books include Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird (CLA Book of the Year and Ruth Schwartz Award-winner), Listen for the Singing (Canada Council Children's Literature Prize), and Mine for Keeps (Little Brown Canadian Children's Book Award). She received the Vicky Metcalf Award in 1974 for her body of work. Jean lives near Guelph, Ontario.

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