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If I Die Before I Wake : The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, Toronto, Ontario, 1918 Hardcover – 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Canada, Limited; supplement edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439988373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439988377
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 10 2015
Jean Little's contributions to this series are exceptional and "If I Die Before I Wake" is no different. Little portrays life in 1918 Toronto vividly. The Spanish Flu Pandemic is, of course, the main theme but various other topics are also explored: the last year of WWI, Armistice Day, class distinctions, women doctors and the growing changes in women's freedom. General everyday life is explored deeply showing the great conveniences now available since the parent/grandparent's Victorian days and the hardships the reader will notice compared with modern day's easy use of technology. Fiona introduces us to her unique family consisting of multiple twins, widowed father and Aunt caretaker bringing great character development and a charming, lovely household that we grieve with when the obvious death(s) occur(s). I was surprised though because I thought clues were being given that a certain character would be the one who perished and I, thankfully!, was wrong. The book is better given to the older age range of this series (8-12) due to the amount of death and descriptions of the disease. The ending is satisfying enough but the usual epilogue which tells what happened to the characters after the book was unusually depressing. Also includes some good photographs at the end, though more seem to be from Alberta & Manitoba than Toronto, where the book is set.
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HASH(0x9c63a9cc) out of 5 stars If I Die Before I Wake Nov. 25 2013
By Aurie Cerese W. - Published on Amazon.com
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I love most of the books from Dear Canada and Dear America and this one is definitely one of them! It has a span of about 4-5 months during the worst part of the flu epidemic. The author has a good sense of humor and is a wonderful writer. I like her other book "Orphan at My Door".
I would definitely recommend this to others!
HASH(0x9c647f18) out of 5 stars Heartwrenching April 10 2015
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Jean Little's contributions to this series are exceptional and "If I Die Before I Wake" is no different. Little portrays life in 1918 Toronto vividly. The Spanish Flu Pandemic is, of course, the main theme but various other topics are also explored: the last year of WWI, Armistice Day, class distinctions, women doctors and the growing changes in women's freedom. General everyday life is explored deeply showing the great conveniences now available since the parent/grandparent's Victorian days and the hardships the reader will notice compared with modern day's easy use of technology. Fiona introduces us to her unique family consisting of multiple twins, widowed father and Aunt caretaker bringing great character development and a charming, lovely household that we grieve with when the obvious death(s) occur(s). I was surprised though because I thought clues were being given that a certain character would be the one who perished and I, thankfully!, was wrong. The book is better given to the older age range of this series (8-12) due to the amount of death and descriptions of the disease. The ending is satisfying enough but the usual epilogue which tells what happened to the characters after the book was unusually depressing. Also includes some good photographs at the end, though more seem to be from Alberta & Manitoba than Toronto, where the book is set.
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HASH(0x9c64a6a8) out of 5 stars amazing story. Jan. 9 2015
By jerseyghostgrl - Published on Amazon.com
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love the book. love the diary...
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HASH(0x9c64a918) out of 5 stars A few complaints but still loved the book Aug. 4 2014
By Meghan U. - Published on Amazon.com
I love studying the Spanish influenza. Something that bothered me was the improper use of the word "epidemic," like on the front cover. The Spanish flu was a pandemic, which is a clear distinction. I liked seeing how Fiona dealt with the pandemic and all the things of the time period. I thought the marriage at the end was odd. The epilogue wasn't entirely fulfilling as Fiona was writing for someone who doesn't end up being who she intended. I also felt like the historical note should have focused on the pandemic worldwide and not just in Canada. Also, the older death estimation was stated.

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