Fever, 1793

Fever, 1793

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In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000
ISBN: 9780689838583
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Anderson, L 2000
Characteristics: 251 pages ; 22 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.4 7.0 42961


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Mattie Cook's family own a coffee shop in Philadelphia. When yellow fever starts to spread around the city, there is no where to run.

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jclterrib Feb 08, 2018

A very good historical fiction that shows how a young girl endures through a very frightening time in history. I love this book and recommend it to anyone that loves history.

Apr 01, 2017

this book has a couple of gross things but it is a really good book i already read it at school but i liked it so much that i had to sign it out at the library enjoy the book! :) it is really good

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Sep 01, 2016

I am always amazed by Laurie Halse Anderson’s books and how drastically different they are. Fever 1793 follows Mattie as her hometown of Philadelphia descends into chaos after an outbreak of yellow fever. Mattie wittnesses tragedy after tragedy as she does whatever she can to survive and help those around her. The historical aspects of the novel are fascinating and well-described in the novel.

Jun 27, 2016

I love this book very much. The description, the characters, and the situations seemed to happen right in front of me. I love this book very much! A great read! A highly recommended read.

Jun 07, 2016

This book is great! For those who worry about it having graphic descriptions of the fever's affliction....don't worry.

Apr 22, 2014

I highly recommend this book, while it's a work of fiction, it has many true facts about the plague of 1793 and what it may have been like, through the eyes of a young teen girl. I read this in one sitting easily.

Jun 19, 2013

This book is really good. it shows the struggle of life in 1793, just after the Revolutionary War, for Mattie. There is a horrible fever, yellow fever, going through Philadelphia that will end up killing over three thousand individuals. Everything is okay until Mattie's mother, Lucille, comes down with the fever. She sends Mattie and her grandfather into the country away from the fever. On the way there, though, they are thrown to the side of the road, miles away from any civilization. They try to make it back to town, but Mattie comes down with the fever. Will she live? Will her mother live? Will they ever be reunited if they do both live? I leave so many questions unanswered. there is only one way to acquire the answers, to read the book!

Artpenr May 28, 2013

oh,oh,oh this story is amazing! I love going into history. Especially
Laurie's books which are amazing. I read this long ago it was one of her first books i read. I fell in love! The story of Matilda is entrancing and sad. Also the book cover is really nice i might say and you won't forget this book!

Jul 03, 2011

A long, hot, humid summer led to one of the worst epidemics in America. The year was 1793, the ravaged city was, Philadelphia. In three months over five thousand people are dead, and it created a ghost town of the nation’s capitol. In Fever 1793 we relive those three months through the eyes of fourteen year old Mattie Cook.

Like everyone else at that time, Mattie and her family were unprepared for an epidemic of this nature. Nothing was known of the cause of Yellow Fever and people blamed the disease on many things never realizing that the fever was passed by mosquitoes, this fact wasn’t discovered until 1902. As we follow this small family’s experiences, we learn of how this disease transformed the city and those that lived in it. Some people stepped forward and were heroes, caring for the sick and trying to keep a steady flow of food coming into the city. Others, of a more baser nature, took this tragedy as an opportunity for looting and murder. Many fled the city in order to save themselves and their families.

Given the subject matter, I can’t say use the word enjoyable but, I did find it both engrossing and educational. As Mattie’s world turns upside down, we see a young girl discover how to rely on herself and help others. The book is quite short, and I wished the characters could have been more fully developed, but the author kept her story within the three plague months which didn’t give her a lot of room for additional material. Opening the pages of Fever 1793, was like opening a small time capsule on this event, the author painted a very real picture and I learned a great deal.

lms Feb 27, 2011

This is a teen novel that is easily enjoyed by adults. Based on the true story of an epidemic of Yellow Fever affecting a town in George Washington's era. How the protogonists survive is both scary and thrilling.

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Jun 23, 2016

"I released the handle and the bucket splashed, a distant sound. 'Matilda, Polly's dead.'"


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