Fever 1793

 
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On the heels of her acclaimed contemporary teen novel Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson surprises her fans with a riveting and well-researched historical fiction. Fever 1793 is based on an actual epidemic of yellow fever in Philadelphia that wiped out 5,000 people--or 10 percent of the city's population--in three months. At the close of the 18th century, Philadelphia was the bustling capital of the United States, with Washington and Jefferson in residence. During the hot mosquito-infested summer of 1793, the dreaded yellow fever spread like wildfire, killing people overnight. Like specters from the Middle Ages, gravediggers drew carts through the streets crying "Bring out your dead!" The rich fled to the country, abandoning the city to looters, forsaken corpses, and frightened survivors.

In the foreground of this story is 16-year-old Mattie Cook, whose mother and grandfather own a popular coffee house on High Street. Mattie's comfortable and interesting life is shattered by the epidemic, as her mother is felled and the girl and her grandfather must flee for their lives. Later, after much hardship and terror, they return to the deserted town to find their former cook, a freed slave, working with the African Free Society, an actual group who undertook to visit and assist the sick and saved many lives. As first frost arrives and the epidemic ends, Mattie's sufferings have changed her from a willful child to a strong, capable young woman able to manage her family's business on her own. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.

Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

Customer Reviews:

  • Fever 1793
    I gave this book about 4 stars because some parts were somewhat boring but overall it was a great book. It was about this girl named Matilda, the fever season starts and everyone leaves, people lose their family, and some people also die. And matilda is left to do the unthinkable. To learn what the rest of the book is about you must read it. ...more info
  • Fever 1793
    This book was a real page-turner from the very beginning. It starts out at the beginning of the yellow fever epidemic... Matilda is just a normal girl at that point. She helps her mother and grandfather out at their coffeeshop, she has friends, and she even has a crush. But all of this changes when the fever starts.

    This book was basically a story of one girl's fight for survival in hard times. There are times when she has help, there are times when she is alone... but the point is, she's a fighter. She gets through it, and in the end she's a better person.

    So... what else is new? That was my only problem with this book... it had a strange sense of predictability to it. If you couldn't guess exactly what was going to happen, you could at least guess the basic ideas. Another problem I had was that it was just the one story: yellow fever. There were no subplots or anything to keep the story going, which kind of bothered me. There were tiny things, sure, but not much. I didn't feel like I got to know the characters that well. I know their basic traits, but I can't help but feel like something is missing.

    Still, in the end it was a fairly enjoyable read. However, if you're looking for a Laurie Halse Anderson book to read, I would recommend Speak or Twisted....more info
  • A very good book
    "'Bring out your dead!" This short yet meaningful passage from FEVER 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson describes the dismay that Philadelphia citizens suffered during the yellow fever epidemic in 1793. It shows that families just dumped dead loved ones into the street, which connects to the theme, being how a tragic event can cause cities and even families to turn against each other. This is a historical fiction book that tells the story of Mattie, a young girl living in Philadelphia just trying to bypass her chores, but then the first case of yellow fever appears. Philadelphia suddenly goes into a state of panic and Mattie has to figure out how to survive. As the story goes on, Mattie becomes more mature and learns how to take care of herself. I thought this book was very good and an easy read. "Once a day they remove the bodies for burial. A neighbor threatened to burn the place town if the sick are not removed,..." This is a passage that displays the theme of this story and how interesting the story is. I recommend this book to anyone 5th grade or older. FEVER 1793 is a fairly easy read that many people can enjoy. Overall, this is a very good story that tells the story of Mattie through a tragic time. ...more info
  • Read this book
    Fever 1793

    Fever is such a great book! It's about a fourteen-year old girl named Mattie Cook. She is ambitious, adventurous, and very sick of listening to her mother. Mattie plans to turn the cook Coffeehouse into the finest business in Philadelphia. "Fever" spreads from docks and creeps toward Mattie's home, threatening everything she holds dearly. Tragedy ends up striking the coffeehouse and Mattie is trapped in a living-nightmare. If you read "Fever 1793" you will have no regrets! But, they sometimes don't give you enough information on things and so you are left to think "what happened?"
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  • historical fiction--Fever 1793
    Fever 1793 is a descriptive novel about how Yellow Fever changed a young girl's life in Philadelphia. Mattie Cook, the main character is a strong-willed woman that will do anything possible to save her family from the yellow fever epidemic. Whether it be running to the grocery and getting food for her family, or chasing thieves out of her house to save her grandfather's life. This story is suspenseful yet sensitive to all readers.
    The theme of this book, in my opinion is endurance; Because Mattie and Eliza always have the courage and strength to pass through any obstacle that may come their way. On page 96 there is a poem that states,"Hot dry winds forever blowing, dead men to the grave-yards going: Constant hearses, Funeral verses; Oh! What plagues - There is no knowing! "This statement shows that in the times of Yellow Fever, there was no escaping the tragedies of what the illness could do to your family. This historical fiction book is suitable for young readers 12 and up
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  • read this when you have a fever
    I read this while I was sick, and even if you are healthy you should still read it! Mattie's story is amazing, making you realize just how hard life was back then.
    Read Fever 1793, you won't regret it...more info
  • Five Star Book Review
    The book that I read was called Fever 1793. This was probably one of the most interesting books that I have read in a very long time. In the beginning, the pace that the author set was very laid back. Then when people started to get the fever, you could tell how much faster the pace started to move. The setting of the book is in Philadelphia. I think this is the only good setting for this book. At the time lots of people lived there, and it was a very fast paced lifestyle. When you have this sickness in a major city it is a huge deal.

    The setting even in my opinion fit well with the main character. It was a little girl named Mattie Cook who lived in this fast pace lifestyle. She was definitely a city girl who could live this type of lifestyle. She fit perfectly with this book because of her adventurous, fast pace, curious life style. The main character is so interesting. You always wonder what she will do next. While I was reading the book, it felt almost like I was playing a guessing game with Mattie. Mattie is a very believable 14-year-old girl. Everything that she does you understand why she has done this. It seems like she always has reasons to back up why she has done something. Though believable and interesting to me, Mattie is the farthest thing from being sympathetic. She is just too serious, like an old person in a young person's body. It was hard to sympathize with someone so mature. There would just never be anything to be sympathetic about for her.

    This was a great book in many ways, not in just the plot but the author's style. I loved how the author would suddenly pick up the pace of the book, and then slow down more and more with details. Then she would suddenly pick up the pace again with action. This really just pulled me into the book like no author has ever done to me before. I wish I could enjoy every book as well as I did this one.

    This was a fascinating way to write a book. This novel had a huge impact on me. It would be so weird to have lived in a time where if you got a disease, you basically couldn't do anything about it. It is just simply unreal how dangerous this fever was. If somebody asked me if they should read this book I would say absolutely. I think everybody should know how America was back then and how hard it was to live over 200 years ago.


    By Holden McLemore
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  • Struggle and Hope
    in a sentence or two: it's 1793 in Philadelphia, and a mysterious fever is said to be killing people without mercy. the murmurings of yellow fever come to fruition when 15 year old Mattie's mom is struck ill with a fever that drives her crazy and gives her eyes a horrid yellow tinge.

    Mattie, her mom, their cook Eliza and Mattie's grandpa run a coffeehouse in Philadelphia. grandpa served under the great General Washington and likes to fill her days sharing stories, sneaking her candy, and being overall supportive and encouraging. her dad died from a fall off a ladder which left her mom understandably saddened and bitter, very much unlike the soft and comforting woman she used to be. their life at the coffeehouse provides a good deal of gossip off the street about the fever, however, their first awareness is when their beloved scullery maid and friend of Mattie dies suddenly in her home.

    the book is the journey of Mattie and her family in their attempts to avoid the yellow fever. the fear that people felt from not knowing how to prevent the spreading of the disease or what to do when it struck is strongly delivered by Anderson. the differing opinions of doctors, the despair, and the struggle to keep going when everything seems hopeless flood this book with rich emotions.

    i was impressed with Mattie's voice as the narrator. as a 15 year old, she's in that awkward phase somewhere between being a girl to being a woman, which adds a blend of insecurity and determination that fits perfectly with the surrounding circumstances of the rest of the story. i didn't think i was getting too sucked in to the emotions until i was bawling in the middle when someone died...then i realized how captivating this book was.

    something i really appreciated was at the end of the book when Anderson answers some questions like "did the epidemic really happen" and "where are they buried" as well as the real life counterparts of the names she uses in the book. as a piece of historical fiction, i thought this complimented the read well. while Mattie and fam aren't necessarily real characters, they certainly represent one of the situations that many people faced during that time.

    if you're looking for a solid hist-fic read with a wide range of developed emotions (including a little romance), great plot, a compassionate voice, with more-than-a-dash of historical accuracy in the form of events and language, this is for you.

    fave quote: "They told of a small child huddled around the body of her dead mother. As volunteers placed the mother in a coffin, the child had cried out, 'Why are you putting Mamma in that box?' They had to turn the child over to a neighbor and take the mother away for burial. They told of the dying man who pulled himself to the window of his bedchamber and begged people to bring him a drink of water. Many passed by, hurrying away from the sound of his voice, until a brave soul entered the house to help him. They told of thieves who crept in and stole jewelry off the dead and dying. They told of good people who refused to take any money for helping strangers, even though they themselves were poor and near destitute...They told of terror: patients who had tried to jump out of windows when the fever robbed their reason, screams that pierced the night, people who were buried alive, parents praying to die after burying their children." (105-106)

    fix er up: i would have liked more development with Mattie's love interest, Nathaniel. though the lack of it didn't hurt the book at all, and in fact now that i think about it, keeping it on the back burner of the plot makes sense. i'm just nitpicking....more info
  • fever 1793
    This book is about a girl named Matilda. Matilda's family gets really sick. So she has to take on all the challenge's her mother,grandpa,and eliza had. I would have liked it better if the book was just a little shorter.I would give this book 4 stars because of the detail.I would recommend this book if you like blood, deaths,or very long books....more info
  • Fever 1793
    Fourteen year old Matilda Cook and her mother run a coffeehouse in Philadelphia. Mattie's mother gets sick and Mattie and her Grandfather get sent away. Along the way, some interesting events occur, to say the least, and an unexpected tragedy strikes. Mattie is able to get home, only to find that the coffeehouse was....less than perfect. But these are only some of the events. You have to read the rest to form your own opinion. I give this book four stars because it's a good book, but some events slowed it down. You have to read the book to find out the rest....more info
  • Historical, yet interesting
    Fever 1793 is an excellent book. If you like descrpitive, historical yet not boring books, I definetly reccommend reading Fever 1793. It is about a young teen, age 14, and her life during Yellow Fever. She faces many problems during this drastic time in her life. This includes the death of her beloved grandfather, the dissappearence of her sick mother, and caring for a young toddler. This book instantly connects you to the characters, making you feel as if you are in their shoes. I enjoy reading this book because it uses similies and metaphors, making the book more descriptive. It helps you better understand the times during 1793, and how people survived this fatal disease, mainly in Phileadelphia. Yellow Fever is a disease that makes the victim practically mad. Their eyes turn reddish-yellow, their tongues a dry crusty brown, and a putrid smell lurks up on their clothing, skin, and the air around them. I hope you take my advice and read this heart-wrenching story....more info
  • A Book That Influenced My Life
    Fever 1793 was about a 14-year-old girl, Mattie, living in Philadelphia in 1793. In late summer, the yellow fever epidemic breaks out and millions are killed. Mattie, her mom and grandfather run a coffee house. When the fever starts to spread through the city, Mattie's mom sends her and her grandfather to a house in the country. On the way, Mattie falls ill to yellow fever and when they get there they are turned away and must return to the city. When they return to the city, her grandfather dies and her mother is missing. Then Mattie finds herself alone and scared. Then she meets up with her old friend Eliza, who helped out in the coffee house. Eventually, Mattie is reunited with her mother. Mattie and Eliza go on to reopen the coffee house and care for Eliza's nephews and an orphan Mattie had rescued. The book is influential because its a powerful story about an event that actually happened, before reading the book I thought it might be boring because of the history in it but afterwards I was very impressed. It says that some people in the world will help you even if they don't know you, and some are so greedy. I learned that some people are so generous and kind but others can be mean and distant. The book was written in first person and it was a very interesting perspective. ...more info
  • Latina is Beautiful
    I am a person that would usually not pick up a book unless I have nothing better to do. But when I got the assignment to read a book one of my friends recommended this book. So I started reading it and the book was amazing, somehow it related to me but I didn't know how. The minute there was the sickness in the city of Philadelphia everyone screamed and ran away for clean air in the country. Mattie's mother didn't want her to go out, but when she got the chance to go to the market it was empty like a ghost town where the town's people would close the doors and windows on her. Soon Mattie's mother got sick and she had to take refuge in the country side, but a doctor soon mistakes her grandfather's cough for the fever. Mattie is sent back to Philadelphia but she gets sick and quickly recovers. When they get back at the coffee shop everything is a mess, so they sleep their first night at the coffee shop and robbers come to take their money and try to get Mattie to tell them where it is but she refuges so her grandfather is fighting with them and dies. This leaves Mattie alone; you have to read the book to find out what happens next. I highly recommend this book to any age group, this is such an amazing book that it is like hearing Anderson speak!...more info
  • Page Turner!
    "We were in the center of a dying city." Mattie Cook says this on page 118 of Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, a book that has become one of my favorites! It tells the tale of Mattie, a girl in Philadelphia in 1793 who is forced into adulthood as yellow fever strikes her town. She notices the change in herself, as she says (page 175), "'I'm not a little girl. I can take care of myself." I loved seeing her be dynamic throughout the novel.

    Also, I liked seeing the different reactions to the fever. On page 206, Mattie says, "It was never going to stop. We would suffer endlessly, with no time to rest, no time to sleep." On the other hand, Nathaniel says (page 228), "The important things haven't changed at all." The broad look and different views at this catastrophe made my opinions sway several times.

    Fever 1793 is a great book for 6th graders and above. The word choice in it was extraordinary with words like lingered, desperately, and stench. I enjoyed reading this historical fiction novel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and good read!...more info
  • Fever, A book U can't put down
    Fever 1793,

    this was probably the best book I have ever read. I am going into sixth grade and I thought this book was a little chalenging, but the plot was so good I couldn't stop reading it. I would definetly recomend this book to boys and girs going into 6th or 7th grade.

    This book is worth the price!!!!!!
    I hope this revew was helpful....more info
  • A New Fever
    It is the late summer of 1793 in Philidalphia and a fever is running rampid. The character or Maddie is working and helping to run a coffee house. People begin to drop dead due to Yellow Fever. Every person was afraid of the fever, especially Maddie's mother. Throughout the story, Maddie Cook's family begins to be hurt by the Yellow Fever.

    This story shows what the Yellow Fever epidemic used to be like. Everyone in the story begins to worry. The family takes ill and then she begins to worry. She then realizes the importance of family and friends. ...more info
  • Fever 1793
    I give this book 2 out of 5 stars because it was dull with very few exciting parts in it. I like how the author made it seemed like the characters were real. What I dislike about the book was, it was boring and dull and nothing happened for long periods of time but the last 2 or 3 chapters were good. It did not make up for the rest of the book. Overall I would not recommend this book to anyone unless you like dull and boring book. ...more info
  • Fever 1793
    The book I am writing about is called Fever 1793. Fever 1793 is about a girl named Matilda (Mattie) Cook, who lives in Philadelphia with her Mother, Grandfather, and cat, Silas. They live together above the coffee house that all three of them run. Mattie, an ambitious and adventrous girl, is sick to death of listening to her Mother's many lectures, and wants to get out on her own. She doesn't appreciate what she has. Then the "fever" strikes, spreading and spreading. People flee, farmers refuse to enter the city, so if you'r not sick with the Yellow Fever, you'r starving.Mattie forgets all thoughts of getting away from her "horrid" life, now only thinking about staying alive and finding her mother, who has disappeared. It is only after the fever strikes, that Mattie realizes how much everyone and everything means to her. A very good story, Laure Halse Anderson does a wonderful job of portraying what it was like during the Yellow Fever period. ...more info
  • Wonderful.
    This is wonderful and is historically acurate it is set at the time of the fever in philidalphia and goes through robbers, deaths, and life in the 1700's.
    and i highly recomened this book to people from 9-13.

    Caleb Craig....more info
  • the fever review
    I thought that this was a great book . It had an awesome plot, and a great discription of the characters. This was an overall good book....more info
  • Fever
    The book that I read was Fever. Fever is about a family that is farley poor. one hot summer day thay heard that the deadley fever was going around. Their family owned a resterant. one day their mother cought the fever, because the fever was all over town Matilda and her grandfather had to leave mother and go into a diffrent town. As they reached town gards were garding the woods that they needed to go enter. They could not go throught because they wern't well enough. They couldent't go back so how do they survive....or won't they? I liked this book because you don't really know whats going to happen next so it urges you to keep reading. this book is also like One Child another good book to read. ...more info
  • history, character, catastrophe, adventure, science, adolescence. what more do you need?
    Mattie is a growing, constantly hungry, and sleepy teenager who lives with her mother and grandfather in their coffeehouse in Philadelphia a decade after the Revolutionary War. She has a crush on a painter's apprentice, and her mother strives to not only make Mattie work harder, but to break into the upper class. Mattie's life changes when her city is suddenly the center of a Yellow Fever epidemic. She must deal with her sick mother, the differing opinions of care, thieves, starvation, her own health, and racism against her friend. A well-written, engaging, exciting, and dramatic coming-of-age story. Grade: A...more info
  • historical fiction--Fever 1793
    Fever 1793 is a descriptive novel about how Yellow Fever changed a young girl's life in Philadelphia. Mattie Cook, the main character is a strong-willed woman that will do anything possible to save her family from the yellow fever epidemic. Whether it be running to the grocery and getting food for her family, or chasing thieves out of her house to save her grandfather's life. This story is suspenseful yet sensitive to all readers.
    The theme of this book, in my opinion is endurance; Because Mattie and Eliza always have the courage and strength to pass through any obstacle that may come their way. On page 96 there is a poem that states,"Hot dry winds forever blowing, dead men to the grave-yards going: Constant hearses, Funeral verses; Oh! What plagues - There is no knowing! "This statement shows that in the times of Yellow Fever, there was no escaping the tragedies of what the illness could do to your family. This historical fiction book is suitable for young readers 12 and up
    ...more info
  • Fever 1793
    Fever1793
    By: Laurie Halse Anderson
    Reviewed by: K. Arita
    P: 1

    This book is about a girl named Mattie Cook who lives with her single mother and her grandfather. In the middle of August, a plague is coming in from the docks of Philadelphia. The plague is called Yellow Fever because it makes its victims skin turn a light tint of yellow and there eyes turn yellow too. When her mother catches the Fever, Mattie has to leave Philadelphia and go to the country side with her grandfather. While there going to the country side, Mattie catches a not so deadly type of the Fever. When she recuperates, she goes back and finds out that her mom isn't there. She assumes that her mother died, so she and her grandfather live in the house by themselves. One night when they were sleeping, 2 robbers snuck in and were going to rob them. Luckily, Mattie's grandfather was awake and he protected all of their treasures. When the robbers went away, Mattie's grandpa suffered from a heart attack and dies. When she finally meets up with her mom who actually didn't die, she starts back up the family owned coffee house and everything slowly goes back to normal.
    I liked this book because it grabs you into the book and it wouldn't let you put the book down until you find out what happens next. Like in one part, it talks about Mattie violently vomiting and I really wanted to find out if she survived or not. Also when it was talking about how many people died from the Fever, you're just amazed that this actually happened. Laurie Halse Anderson makes it seem like you're actually in the story itself and it seems like all of the terrible things are happening around you.
    In the first chapter, it says, "A noisy mosquito darted right to me. I started to sweat under the thin blanket. It was going to be another hot August day. Another long, hot August day." When she wrote that, I could actually imagine how hot it was and I felt like I was sitting in her bed watching all of this happen. One thing that I didn't like about this book was the description of all of the things happening. When Mattie was barfing, it said that little black specs of blood were in the vomit. That kind of made me sick to the stomach. Also, since bodies were dieing left and right, they described the smell of the streets in the most unpleasant way possible.
    My favorite part of the book was the beginning because there was so much suspense. You knew that something bad was going to happen, but the question was when. I kept on reading till I found out that her mother got the Fever and Mattie had to leave because of the Fever. Also, I liked the part when Mattie catches the Fever because she had to wander around with her grandpa looking for a place to stay without even knowing that she had the Fever. That was my favorite part of the book!
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  • Fever 1793
    Fever 1793
    Along the streets, yellow eyes stare blankly into the sky, and you look away, with horror. Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book that will send you 100? into shock, and surprises. It is historical fiction about the epidemic of Yellow Fever. It is set in Philadelphia, the capital of the country, in the hot, muggy summer. Matilda Cook is fourteen when townsfolk start to die and weaken. But this is only the beginning. She begs her mother to let her stay in town, but she is forced to go to the countryside. Upon returning she is confronted by decaying people lying on the cobblestone streets. Because she can't find her mother, she knows she must find a way to get through this alone. The main characters are young Matilda, her mother and their African American maid, Eliza. Poor Matilda has to face a lot, but she is brave and responsible. Over the book she certainly grows up!
    One of my favorite parts is the part where Matilda orders the grave diggers to bury a person with respect. She makes everyone say a prayer and has a moment of silence. I really like this part because she takes charge and quickly grows up. It shows how much you can do when a loved one has passed away.
    I learned a lot about times more than 200 years ago, Especially when there were horrible epidemics like Yellow Fever. I liked the different characters and what happened to each character. For example all characters had it hard, so it is more realistic that way. The book was suspenseful and memorable, but it was a little under my reading level. Overall though, I am glad that I read it!...more info
  • Bryces' review
    Fever is a good book that i would suggest for anyone with a strong stomach. Its of course very sad but is still one of the best books i've ever read. ...more info
  • Fever, 1793
    Mattie was only a girl, and her whole city was getting sick with the yellow fever. A few thousand already dead, Mattie has to support herself and run the family coffeehouse. This is "Fever, 1793" by Laurie Halse Anderson. The story is about the yellow fever plague that swept through Philadelphia in the summer of 1793. Mattie's grandfather was a captain in the army under George Washington and Mattie's mother ran a well-known coffeehouse in Philadelphia. Mattie, in the beginning of the story, was very lazy and hated work. However, a few months later, she was running the coffeehouse with her mother still missing from the fever and her grandfather was dead. I think this book would be good for anyone, because it is our history and the story is exciting when things start to happen. ...more info
  • A good book but a bad fever
    I believe this book would be good for people who want to know about the 17th century life-style and how people survived with no medication. Its not that, that hard to concentrate, you just have to know what the books telling you. In my opinion, this book was definitely a page-turner. There were not a lot of cliffhangers or surprises. You just had to see what was next. You will learn that in the 17th century, there really wasn't any medication. So you had to try and keep alive. This book was never boring, so go ahead and get this book and read it. ...more info
  • My Review
    This book Fever 1793 was an o.k. book. I would deffinitley recommend it to a friend. The main character, Matilda Cook is a hard working little girl. Her mother is very strict about most things. Matilda, her mother, and her grandfather run a small coffee house in Philedalphia, Matilda's mother owns it.
    As they go on with their lives they find out that a sickness called the "Fever" is going through the town, killing many people. Matilda's mother catches it and is taken away to a sick home while she is gone Matilda catches the fever and goes to a hospital with her grandfather. She searches for her mother, wondering if she's still alive. Finally her mother comes home.
    I would probably would give this book a 4 out of 5. The part I liked was when Matilda's mother came home. A part that I didn't like was when Matilda's grandfather died....more info
  • Fever
    Thrilling, educational and exciting; Fever had me hooked by the first sentence! Set in 1793, Fever tells the story of a young girl dealing with the yellow fever epidemic. Honest to the soul, Fever is an amazing book and one of the greatest books I have ever read!...more info
  • WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This wonderful book is very good it actully one of my favorite books.
    in this the main character is named Mattie Cook and she has a mother, grandfather, and a kind hearted black servant named Eliza and they live in the top of there store wich is called the coffee house and it is set in philidalphia at the time that the yellow fever came to philidalphia and her Mother, Grandfather, and finally Mattie.
    This book goes through a most wonderful adventure with Deaths, Robbers, and It is Historically Acurate and a wonderful book for all ages.
    I highly recomened this book to reading.
    This Is A Must Read.
    And I think this Laurie Haulse Anderson's best book and is very life like and alive.
    as you read this book you become a character and the book becomes alive.

    Caleb Craig....more info
  • Fever, 1793
    Mattie was only a girl, and her whole city was getting sick with the yellow fever. A few thousand already dead, Mattie has to support herself and run the family coffeehouse. This is "Fever, 1793" by Laurie Halse Anderson. The genre is based on a true event in history. The story is about the yellow fever plague that swept through Philadelphia in the summer of 1793. Mattie's grandfather was a captain in the army under George Washington and Mattie's mother ran a well-known coffeehouse in Philadelphia. Mattie, in the beginning of the story, was very lazy and hated work. However, a few months later, she was running the coffeehouse with her mother still missing from the fever and her grandfather was dead. I think this book would be good for anyone, because it is our history and the story is exciting when things start to happen. ...more info
  • Icky, Sickly Fever
    I really liked this book because it was full or excitement, like when Maddie's mom came back. It has parts that are really sad, like the part that Maddie's grandfather was killed from the fever that people were getting. I think that Fever 1793 is a good book for kids my age....more info
  • Fever 1793
    Fever 1793
    Along the streets, yellow eyes stare blankly into the sky, and you look away, with horror. Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book that will send you 100? into shock, and surprises. It is historical fiction about the epidemic of Yellow Fever. It is set in Philadelphia, the capital of the country, in the hot, muggy summer. Matilda Cook is fourteen when townsfolk start to die and weaken. But this is only the beginning. She begs her mother to let her stay in town, but she is forced to go to the countryside. Upon returning she is confronted by decaying people lying on the cobblestone streets. Because she can't find her mother, she knows she must find a way to get through this alone. The main characters are young Matilda, her mother and their African American maid, Eliza. Poor Matilda has to face a lot, but she is brave and responsible. Over the book she certainly grows up!
    One of my favorite parts is the part where Matilda orders the grave diggers to bury a person with respect. She makes everyone say a prayer and has a moment of silence. I really like this part because she takes charge and quickly grows up. It shows how much you can do when a loved one has passed away.
    I learned a lot about times more than 200 years ago, Especially when there were horrible epidemics like Yellow Fever. I liked the different characters and what happened to each character. For example all characters had it hard, so it is more realistic that way. The book was suspenseful and memorable, but it was a little under my reading level. Overall though, I am glad that I read it!...more info
  • FEVER
    Used book in excellent shape. Book was a good read for my teenage son....more info
  • Fever 1793
    Fever 1793


    Imagine that everyone in your town gets sick or leaves. Those who are left are stricken with the deadly yellow fever. If you can picture this, than imagine what 13 year old Matilda Cook goes through. Sadly, her mother is one of many who catch this fatal yellow fever. She makes Matilda leave and go to a farm to stay away from the fever, but she is stopped by checkpoint guards, and not allowed to go on. She is left without food, water, and other essential supplies. Will Matilda survive this pestilence? Read the book to find out.
    Fever 1793 is written by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is filled with great losses and triumphs. Matilda Cook is an average 13 year old girl of her time, but her world is turned upside down when the fever strikes. Travel with Matilda as she faces the possibility of losing her mother and many other people close to her. This book is very sad, but exciting at the same time. It shows what real people had to go through. The author is very good at building suspense. You never what will happen next.
    My 5th grade reviewers recommend this book to children grades 5 and up because it might scare younger children. This is a must read, so we STRONGLY advise you to read this book.

    Karen Kreckel (her students review)...more info
  • fever1793
    This book is about a fever that comes to a town. A girl named Matilda and here family lives there.Matilda has a mom and a grandfather. Matilda also has a helper named Eliza. Matilda's grandfather caught the fever. They have to take her grandfather to a town that has a hospital. When they get there, grandfather spreads the fever around the town
    Now the people of the town are dying. That night two robbers come aand try to stell there stuff. Grandfather hears the robbers and gets his gun. Grandfather goes down the stairs. Grandfather aims but is to weak to pull the triger.So the two robbers kill grandfather.I would not recommend this book to people under 14 because this book is boring.I give this book three stars....more info
  • Fever 1793 By, Abby
    Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book about a young girl named Matilda who lives with her mother and her grandfather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1793, the yellow fever breaks out and kills thousands of people. Matilda's Mother, Lucille, is a fever victim and must stay in bed until she is well, and while Matilda and her Grandfather worry, Lucille is bled. A doctor orders Matilda and her grandfather to leave the city as soon as possible and by the end of the long and dreadful week, she and her Grandfather do leave. Soon enough, Matilda has caught the fever, too. Will Matilda and her mother ever recover?
    I admire this book from beginning to end because all of the excitement and heartbreaking things that are put into this book kept me reading. I would highly recommend this book to middle school kids. Knowing that this book is historical fiction, I truly wanted to learn more about this important happening in life.
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  • A Great Read
    I love history, and I thought that this was a very accurate portrayal of the Philadelphia plague. Anderson wrote very well, and drew readers in with the character development and the emotion that was written. ...more info
  • Fever 1793
    A 14 year old girl named Mattie Cook starts her adventure when her friend Polly unexpectedly dies. In the summer of 1793, yellow fever hits in Philadelphia. Mattie, her mother and her grandfather run a coffeehouse on High street. When yellow fever strikes, thier neighbors leave for safety. Mattie and her family stay in the coffeehouse until Matties mother comes down with the fever. To keep Mattie from getting sick, she sends her to the Ludingtons' farm. Does Mattie survive? Read the book and find out! I really like this book because Laurie Anderson is very detailed and gets across what she wants to say. Out of 5 stars I would give this book a 4. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!...more info
  • historical fiction--Fever 1793
    Fever 1793 is a descriptive novel about how Yellow Fever changed a young girl's life in Philadelphia. Mattie Cook, the main character is a strong-willed woman that will do anything possible to save her family from the yellow fever epidemic. Whether it be running to the grocery and getting food for her family, or chasing thieves out of her house to save her grandfather's life. This story is suspenseful yet sensitive to all readers.
    The theme of this book, in my opinion is endurance; Because Mattie and Eliza always have the courage and strength to pass through any obstacle that may come their way. On page 96 there is a poem that states,"Hot dry winds forever blowing, dead men to the grave-yards going: Constant hearses, Funeral verses; Oh! What plagues - There is no knowing! "This statement shows that in the times of Yellow Fever, there was no escaping the tragedies of what the illness could do to your family. This historical fiction book is suitable for young readers 12 and up
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  • Fever by Laurie Halse
    Fever by Laurie Halse is about yellow fever. Matirlda's mother owns a coffeehouse. It takes place in Philadelphia. Matirlda is 14 years old. Her mother goes missing. The coffeehouse gets robbed. Some house is infested with people that have yellow fever, and to show that they have yellow fever there is a yellow rag tired around the doorknob. The people that died from yellow fever were thrown into a gaping hole. The robbers strangled her grandfather.

    The book had exciting parts, sad parts, and weird parts. This book was not what I thought it would be. Some parts made me sad, when I thought about that the book is true. It did not end like I thought it would.


    By Liz
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