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Fever 1793
Fever 1793
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
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 turnin...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780689848919
ISBN-10: 0689848919
Publication Date: 3/1/2002
Pages: 256
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 200 ratings
Publisher: Aladdin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 1
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kacey14 avatar reviewed Fever 1793 on + 47 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is good historical fiction about the yellow fever plague that hit Philadelphia in 1793. It tells the story of Mattie and how the plague affected her, and what lessons she learned while getting through it.

I'd bought the book to give to my 11 year-old niece for Christmas, but then started reading it to see if it was appropriate for her, and I couldn't put it down.

I think it's good for the 10-14 year-old age range, although by 14, this may be a bit young. But sheesh, I'm well past 14 and found it intersting, so what does that say about me? :-)
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Helpful Score: 4
Very well-written historical fiction. Poor Mattie had to grow up so fast, but I think her life is going to be better in the long run for it. I learned quite a bit about some American history that I didn't know much about (there's also a nice section in the end that discusses some of the historical aspects of the story).
smokeythecat avatar reviewed Fever 1793 on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I read this book after my daughter read it and told me how good it was. I enjoyed it very much; it was the first time I really grasped the history of the era and how many people suffered. I read a lot of young adult books to understand history better. They are well-written and easier to read than adult novels. This is one of my all time favorite young adult novels; it is great for all ages! I highly recommend it.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed Fever 1793 on + 784 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
FEVER 1793 satisfies the desire for strong female protagonists in historical fiction, and establishes Laurie Halse Anderson as a supremely multitalented author. Mattie experiences problems that modern girls can relate to: the desire to escape the drudgery of being worked by her mom in the coffeehouse, financial independence. Many people swear by this book, but I think I might have read it a bit too late, for I felt the plot was a little choppyâwhat I believed would've been the climax happened early on in the book, and I spent the last two-thirds floundering and trying to get back on track. Nevertheless, the characters are well-developed, and there is enough excitement that this should appeal to young girls.
hardtack avatar reviewed Fever 1793 on + 2554 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
As an entomologist who often lectures on insects and their effect on history, I recommend this book to middle and high school teachers for their students.

This is an excellent historical novel about the year (1793) yellow fever struck Philadelphia, when that city was the capital of the United States.

It has both white and Afro-American characters in positive roles.

This book has received numerous awards, including:

ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Junior Library Guild Selection
New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age
New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and
An IRA Teacher's Choice
An ABA Pick of the Lists
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Cattriona avatar reviewed Fever 1793 on + 200 more book reviews
This is a very readable and fast-paced story of a 14-year-old girl caught up in a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia during the time of George Washington. While the story's main character will appeal to teens, there is also enough historical detail and plot to keep adults interested as well. Highly recommended.
AimeeM avatar reviewed Fever 1793 on + 124 more book reviews
An almost frightening story when you realize how real it was back then, and how real something like that could be again.
Fascinating and moving.
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Fantastic book!!!!!!
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I loved this book. It has many twists and turns, and happiness and lots of sadness. The reader really understands just how devastating that flu epidemic was.
sarah5775 avatar reviewed Fever 1793 on + 386 more book reviews
You don't have to be young to enjoy this book. I'm an adult and I found it riveting.
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Historical fiction, moving, touching, saddening, wisening (if that's even a word).
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Great historical fiction on the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia.
mssheenaann avatar reviewed Fever 1793 on + 107 more book reviews
This is a great historical young adult novel. I never really knew much about the fever of 1793, and this story told of what people may have gone through, with some true facts about the fever at the end of the book. The cover is beautiful and eerie and draws you in right off the bat. Mattie is a courageous main character who goes through great strides to survive the fever and reach out to others who need help. She endures alot of heartache from people close to her dying, but never gives up. Overall, it is a great book that can be enjoyed by both teens and adults.
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My 11 year old daughter read this book. She really enjoyed it. She found it fascinating and really enjoyed the characters. It was certainly a thought provoking book for a young mind.
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