This timely topic is filled with a build up of fear as the reader applies current knowledge with this historic tale. The heaviness is felt in the first few pages and continues as the words paint a visual of the virus spreading faster than precautions can be taken. That Wiseman has done her research is obvious in her description of the city in the early 1900s, the mixing of ethnicity and the conflict it stirs, and the confusion, loneliness and fear of Pia, a young girl trying to cope with it all. I love the way the author has worked in slogans and posters from the era into the story making it all the more believable. My heart is captured and I'm longing to read the rest of this story. I'm already cheering Pia on.