October 27, 2009

Fever Season by Eric Zweig

You would have to be living under a rock to not know about the dreaded H1N1 flu virus. Even the hockey world is affected by it. Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj has contracted H1N1.

H1N1 is the worst flu since World War I. Now that Spanish Influenza virus seriously messed with the hockey world. The 1919 Stanley Cup championship series between the Seattle Metropolitans and Montreal Canadiens was cancelled after several players fell ill. Hockey Hall of Famer Bad Joe Hall of Montreal eventually died as he had contracted pneumonia on top of the dread flu.

This real life event serves as the setting for Eric Zweig's new fictional novel Fever Season by Dundurn Press.

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This young adult story is set in early 1919 in the midst of the Spanish Flu has killed 1000s throughout Canada and the United States.

David Saifert is our hero, a thirteen year old English Canadian, who has lost father to WWI and his mother and sister to the flu. Feeling understandably lost and in a desperate panic to avoid the orphanage, young David begins searching for a long lost uncle, who he thinks lives in Seattle.

David gets a job with the Montreal Canadiens and travels with the team to Seattle, where the flu has ravaged the community.

Will David find his family? Will they survive the deadly flu? You're going to have to buy the book to find out!

Zweig is a prolific author, serving as managing editor of Dan Diamond & Associates, who are the consulting publishers of the National Hockey League. Zweig has previously branched out on his own with young adult fiction and kids titles, most notably with Star Power: The Legend and Lore of Cyclone Taylor.


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