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It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn't get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun he ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2000)
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Taylor It was definitely frightening at points. I was thinking.."what if I lived during this??". To see my friends or family die right in front of me..trying…moreIt was definitely frightening at points. I was thinking.."what if I lived during this??". To see my friends or family die right in front of me..trying to help them survive but not even knowing where to begin.. It would be heartbreaking. The book shows how far we have come in medical technology, which I know I'm stating the obvious, but sometimes we need a reminder of all that has changed. It was nice learning about the Fever of 1793 because it is something that actually happened and I never learned about it prior in school. (less)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Many years ago I took my now adult kids out of public school to home-school them, and this was one of the first books I bought to add to their reading curriculum and library when I was looking for entertaining ways to teach history. Well, guess what? We all loved this book!! I've thought about it often through the years and now... I think it's time for a re-read. It's thought provoking in a way younger readers can understand, and older readers can appreciate.

Blurb...

It's late summer 1793, and t
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Kristi
Fever 1793 is based on the actual yellow fever epidemic that hit Philadelphia and wiped out some five thousand people. One of those people affected by the fever is Mattie Cook. Mattie’s mother and grandfather own a coffeehouse in Philadelphia and that is where Mattie spends most of her days.

She has plans of her own for the coffeehouse someday and often day dreams of what it would be like when she ran the establishment. Mattie’s day dreams are shattered when the epidemic hits.

Mattie’s mother fall
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Jennifer
Fever 1793 is a standalone, young-readers novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson. Although it falls in the genre of historical fiction, this story is based on a very real event in history. If interested, you can learn more about the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 by clicking HERE.

As a reader and a parent who supports academic success, I can acknowledge the benefits of educating youth via literature. Even I learned a lot from reading this book. But how much are they learning if they are trudging t
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Jeffrey
Jun 20, 2007 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fever 1793 is one of the rare children's novels that I will recommend to adults to read.
As a middle school English teacher, reading children's and young adult fiction is part of the job. Often it is enjoyable, and often I am annoyed because I would rather be reading something else. Usually, after a spree of YA literature I must read Faulkner or a chapter from Ulysses to come out even. YA books are often formulaic. The formula includes a protagonist that is generally angst-ridden, complaining
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Rebecca McNutt
This book was quite depressing, to say the least. Nonetheless it's still an excellent historical novel which captures a long-forgotten time period that most readers could never even imagine luckily.
Alfreda
Apr 25, 2008 Alfreda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first found out that I had to read this book, I was not excited about it, because usually school books are boring and have no interest for me in it. When I first started to read this book I thought here we go again another boring book, why are doing this to me? I got more into the book as time went by, and wound up actually liking it. This book had become interesting and it was like no other book that I had read before, which was a good thing. In the next few paragraphs, I will tell you ...more
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

First a small ramble.

When I was at school I always thought 'What do I want to learn history for, it's boring, where will it get me and what help will it be'. Just imagine if everyone had the same outlook, we would lose so much knowledge. Thankfully now I'm an old withered up Mother I can appreciate our past a lot better.

"Life was a battle, and Mother a tired and bitter captain"

This story really punched me in the heart with its sorrow. And what really makes it hit home, is the fact that in this
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Britany
Mattie Cook is a 14 year old growing up helping her mom out in the coffeehouse. Trying to get out of doing her chores and playing adventures with her best friends Polly & Nathaniel. All of a sudden, Polly comes down with a fever, and from there the fever strikes the city of Philadelphia. Set in the 1790s and based on true events, we discover along with Mattie, the harsh realities of growing up in that time, without modern medicine, trying to survive the yellow fever.

This was a quick read, an
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Ana
Nov 22, 2007 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the people who love sadness mix with a little bit of love
Recommended to Ana by: carolina
Fever
Laurie Anderson is the author of this wonderful book, witch has a outstanding content. The author uses a romantic technique of writing witch is bonded to the fearful story of the fever in 1793, an example of this romantic writing is the following "I threw my arms around Nathaniel and planted a big kiss on his cheek." (Anderson 232). The story begins in Philadelphia when we get introduced to a girl with such a life. The author gives us an excellent use of language witch describes the book
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Emmy
I just sped up the narration on the audiobook to finish this faster. That speaks volumes since I've never done that before.

This wasn't terrible or anything, it was just kind of boring. It's just a series of people getting sick. One gets sick, gets nursed, and gets better. Then another falls sick, gets nursed, etc., etc. For almost 300 pages that's all that happens. The one time it started to get interesting for me was when Matty was describing Philadelphia a month or so after the epidemic start
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Jamir2012
Nov 03, 2008 Jamir2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a story and it was so good. So good you didn't want to put the book down. So good you read it from day to night. So good you read it almost four times. Well that was the case with the book "Fever 1793". This book has history, happiness, and heartache. this book is one to remember.

The story "Fever 1793" takes place in historic Philadelphia in the year 1793. The setting makes the story really stand out. By the story being in Philadelphia it really makes the conflicts of the stor
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Sarah
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Elise (The Bookish Actress)
2.5 stars. A lot of potential and good writing style, but ultimately just another boring, archetypal historical fiction.

This book is by no means bad. Anderson's prose flows very nicely, making even the boring bits easy to read. But it's just too average.

This book doesn't break any historical fiction molds. Anderson breaks no boundaries with her boring plotting. Fever 1793 is far too drawn out. It's just boring all the way through.

The main protagonist here was somewhat likable, but she's compl
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Heidi
Jun 26, 2012 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars.

I’ve been on somewhat of a historical fiction kick lately, and since I’ve been wanting to check out some by Laurie Halse Anderson (I’ve only read Speak previously), I zeroed in on her. I was debating between Fever 1793 and Chains. I spent the time that my parents visited loading up on Revolutionary War history as we gallivanted around Philadelphia and visited Valley Forge. I actually found a copy of Forge in the Valley Forge gift shop, and had to sit there and pet the cover a bit, but
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Tatiana
There is nothing much I can say about this book except that it is just an OK read. I know Laurie Halse Anderson for her great contemporary YA novels - "Wintergirls," "Catalyst," "Twisted," and "Speak." "Fever 1793" is nothing like these fabulous books. This is Anderson's first historical fiction book which describes the worst epidemic of yellow fever in America. The story is definitely written for pre-teen children, not young adults. There is just not enough character development or conflict to ...more
Michell'e
Apr 02, 2008 Michell'e rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fever of 1973 was the first high school book that was assigned for me to read over the summer. I would do what every other student does and trash the book or try to talk about all the good things that they liked in the book but shockingly I not only liked but enjoyed the book. I liked the plot of the book, I liked the main character Maddy and I also liked the the different places and views that the book took place in.

I said I liked the main character Maddy because of her building character.
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
3.5 stars

This was a quick read (or listen, I should say) and Emily Bergl does a fine job reading. I've never actually learned much about the yellow fever plague of 1793, so it was interesting in that I was learning while reading, which I always enjoy. Maddie was a good character and didn't seem Mary Sue-ish. I loved Eliza. I might have liked a bit more explanation in the epilogue about what happened to them-- I assume Nell grew up alongside the twins with Maddie as surrogate mother, and I like t
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Laina
Aug 15, 2008 Laina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY!!! A Laurie Halse Anderson book that was completely likeable with no reservations!!! I loved the research and thought that was put into the story. I loved the characters. In a way it was depressing, but all ended well. I learned quite a bit about the plague of 1793 in Philadelphia (how did I not know about this Mr. Smart???) and couldn't put it down. It was emotional, beautiful, and left something with me that I can't forget. The writing was so amazing that I felt like I should be readin ...more
Beth Knight
May 14, 2010 Beth Knight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, own-it
I think Laurie Halse Anderson is a wonderful author and I enjoyed this book. It's not my favorite of hers that I've read but it's good. I'm participating in #ReadKidsLit for the month of November, and I felt like reading some historical fiction, so this book was a good fit for my mood. I think the author did a good job of showing what Phildelphia was like during the Yellow Fever epidemic and I liked reading the appendix after finishing the book because it gave all kinds of factual information ab ...more
Perri
Dec 18, 2016 Perri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yellow Fever was one of the worst epidemics in US history- it decimated Philadelphia in 1793. Not knowing it was spread by mosquito bites, it was thought that one caught it by breathing "bad air"or by being around contagious people, so many of the sick were shunned. Blood letting was a popular treatment and certainly contributed to the mortality rate. A good book for kids to learn about Yellow Fever, but I was educated as well. Three and a half stars
Jennifer
Jul 07, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written middle-grade book about The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Pennsylvania during the mid 17th century. The story is narrated by an eleven-year-old girl whose family and town are affected by yellow fever.
Barbara
Anderson is deservedly well known for her historical fiction, and many of her books take place in the late 18th century around the time of the American Revolution, and following it. This book tells the story of a yellow fever epidemic which hit Philadelphia in 1793, and killed several thousand residents. It is spread by mosquitos and is still common in South America and Africa. The heroine of the story is the adolescent Mattie Cook who lives with her widowed mother and grandfather above the fami ...more
Jessica
Apr 01, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book soared above all my expectations! Solid 4.5 stars. Beautiful history of the yellow fever outbreak in the early days of America when Philadelphia was the capital city. It was so realistic and emotional I felt like I was truly there. I read this quickly, barely being able to put it down.

On another note, can you even imagine standing on the side of the street while GEORGE FREAKING WASHINGTON rides by on his horse? That part blew my mind entirely.
Thomas
Jan 23, 2010 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting of Fever 1793 is late summer in the city of Philadelphia. Mattie Cook lives in a coffeehouse with her widowed mother and veteran grandfather. She hopes one day to turn the coffeehouse into something spectacular. Suddenly, Mattie's best friend passes away due to a mysterious fever. That begins the epidemic known as yellow fever - and as the deadly illness sweeps through the town, Mattie and her loved ones must find a way to survive.

Laurie Halse Anderson is a true storyteller. Usually,
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Kewpie
Nov 28, 2007 Kewpie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1793, Philadelphia had a malaria outbreak that killed a large portion of the population and almost wiped out the town. We follow Mattie Cook’s journey into adulthood, surviving the fever and witnessing the horrors of malaria. The book is very graphic and vivid describing people dying and feverish. Anderson spared no details. This book also has historic information lost from most school textbooks. We learn about the roles of free African Americans in the beginning of our country. Recommended f ...more
Julianna
Jun 25, 2012 Julianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This booked was a quick read with an okay storyline. I enjoyed learning some detailes about the fever, but there was a lack of interesting characters. The character development was weak and at some points I found the events to be far fetched. The romantic storyline between Matilda and Nathanial was weak and seemed unnatural.
Maki
Jan 09, 2017 Maki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is told through the eyes of a child during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. It gives you a good idea of how terrified people were of the fever, in which they had no idea how to really cure. People became afraid of everyone around them, including their neighbours and even their own families. An interesting read, but is not interesting enough to recommend to friends.
Pat
Nov 08, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A really good book. Based on true events in Philadelphia 1793 during a yellow fever epidemic which saw thousands of people die. Mattie Cook is the main character who must grow up quickly to survive and help those around her. I don't give enough credit for how good young adult fiction can be.
Annie
Mar 08, 2017 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Literally just re-read this because I'm home sick with a fever of 103-104 and am too delirious to read what I'm actually reading. And it was available online fo' free. e

Thought it would be quaint to match IRL situation to books. It was. I sympathized with the fever-ridden characters so much harder than normal lol.

Nice little YA historical fiction. (I think, I might have hallucinated the entire text). Laurie Halse Anderson always a winner.
Kasey H
Jan 09, 2013 Kasey H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
January 9, 2013
I'm now reading chapter five and page twenty nine of the book Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson. Fever 1793 is a huge attention grabber! It's sad, but full of happy moments! I'm just in the beginning, so I haven't got through a lot of the book yet, but what I have read is perfect for a reader that loves suspenseful books. Fever 1793 is Historical Fiction, so if you like Historical Fiction- I've got a good book for you! Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres, so this is
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