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Fever 1793

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  58,321 ratings  ·  3,521 reviews
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 mountain. 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
Library Binding, 251 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Turtleback (first published September 1st 2000)
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Nobody I read this when I was seven, and I've read it several times since then, and it was kind of scary. I had known about the yellow fever for a long time,…moreI read this when I was seven, and I've read it several times since then, and it was kind of scary. I had known about the yellow fever for a long time, though, so I wasn't too afraid of that specifically. But what about other devastating plagues? What if Ebola gets out of hand? What if a virus like the Bubonic Plague sweeps the earth, leaving few? It's a scary thought, but it's been sitting in my mind for 5+ years, so the fear has dulled.(less)
Katherine I think this is a pretty good book. You can learn a bit about yellow fever and the medical community's approaches at the time. There's even a short…moreI think this is a pretty good book. You can learn a bit about yellow fever and the medical community's approaches at the time. There's even a short appendix with a little more detailed information. Of course, it is fiction, so the social aspects are more emphasized than the science of the time. If you want more details, a non-fiction book might be a better choice.(less)
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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
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Many years ago I took my now adult kids out of public school to home-school them. This book was one of the first I bought to add to their reading library when I was looking for entertaining ways to teach history, and I loved it. 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.


It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosqu
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
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
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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Feb 23, 2008 Ana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Beth Knight
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
Interest level grades 7 - 10.
Reading level 4.4

School Library Journal:
Gr 6-10-The sights, sounds, and smells of Philadelphia when it was still the nation's capital are vividly re-created in this well-told tale of a girl's coming-of-age, hastened by the outbreak of yellow fever. As this novel opens, Matilda Cook, 14, wakes up grudgingly to face another hot August day filled with the chores appropriate to the daughter of a coffeehouse owner. At its close, four months later, she is running the coffe
Kasey H
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
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,
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
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.
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.
NSAndrew Liebergen
In this story, a 14 year old Mattie Cook learns of the death of a childhood friend. This happens right in the beginning of the book, allowing the reader to become emotionally involved from the start. The story is based on the yellow fever of 1793. The setting of the story is Philadelphia, a coffeehouse that her mother and grandfather own. They decide to stay until the mother falls ill, Mattie is sent away. Country folk are afraid the plague will spread with the city people, so they refuse to let ...more
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Fever 1793: My Review
14 year old Mattie Cook helps her mother run the Cook Coffeehouse in Philadelphia during the summer of 1793. On the day you first meet Mattie, their serving girl, Polly is late. It is soon revealed that Polly is dead, having collapsed and died within an hour, the night before. Mattie is stricken, for she had liked the girl, but life must go on, she does both her chores and those that Polly were responsible for. There is talk of fever among the docks but most people just say
A historic young adult fiction novel with strong female characters, strong and positive depiction of people of color, and a small enough dose of love story to be un-gag worthy.

Fever 1793, is a winner winner chicken dinner.

I'm on a weekend bender of young adult fiction and have just made my way through three novels. Two of the three novels were so crap-tastic, I almost wanted to re-read Ulysses. I finished this book feeling like I'd actually learned something and hadn't wasted three hours of my
My middle school students and I read Fever 1793 this month and were really touched by it. Readers follow the lives of 14-year old Mattie, her mother, grandfather and Eliza, a freed slave who is their cook and friend, as they attempt to survive the yellow fever outbreak that overtakes Philadelphia, site of our nation's capital. Who knew so much could happen in the span of a month and that people could change so much? Anderson explores some amazing themes in this book, including how tragedy can ma ...more
Not only was, "Fever 1793," by Laurie Halse Anderson an engaging tale regarding the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, it was a surprising lesson of how advanced young adult literature has become. This novel was a fine example of no frills historical fiction. I found Anderson's straightforward writing style a breath of fresh air amongst the fetid circumstances surrounding the characters. "Fever 1793," proves not all period pieces need flowery prose to be powerful. The "young adult approach" ...more
528_Mary F.
The novel Fever is an appropriate book for middle school students about the Yellow Fever epidemic that took place in Philadelphia in the late 18th century.

Mattie Cook is a sixteen-year-old girl with a funny sense of humor. This story is very historically accurate. The disease devastates the area that was at one time very prosperous. In the end, George Washington returns to Philadelphia (the Capitol)to symbolize the end of the the fever. The people knew that if Washington came to town that the fe
Mathilda's life working in her mother's coffeehouse in Philadelphia isn't easy, not by a long shot, but it's heaven compared to what it becomes in August of 1793 when Yellow Fever descends upon the city and turns it and its inhabitants inside out. Yellow Fever is an ugly, frightening disease and the fear it breeds is almost as toxic as the fever itself. Mathilda has to grow up quickly when her own circle is affected and she has to fend for herself in a dying city.

This was a fast and interesting
Lauryn Weaver
This book is about a girl named Mattie Cook, who is 14 years old and who lives with her mother and grandfather in 1793. She and her family run a coffeehouse in Philadelphia. Mattie and her family have the ups and down experienced by most families, but they love each other. But, when the yellow fever hits their city, Mattie's world is turned completely upside down. Mattie and her family are terrified, along with the rest of the city. The thing they feared most finally happens, but Mattie comes t ...more
Yerali Rojas
Fever 1793 is about the life of a young girl named Mattie Cook living in a coffee shop with her mother and grandfather in Philadelphia. The American Revolutionary had ended and very body was excited but little did they know, something worse was coming there way they couldn't fight against. There business in the shop was going well until the yellow fever came. It took the lives of many people and almost her own family's. It killed about 5 thousand people or so. Unfortunately her mother got sick w ...more
Anderson's _Fever_ is a painfully researched novelization of a young girl's experience in Philadelphia's 1793 yellow fever epidemic. The epidemic, which claimed the lives of perhaps a fifth of America's then capital, is barely remembered today, but surely must have seemed like a 9/11 magnitude catastrophe at the time.

Anderson's writing is convincing and flows effectively. I look forward to reading more of Anderson's American historical fiction.
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“It had been a good day, all things considered. I had managed rather well on my own. I opened Grandfather's Bible. This is what it would be like when I had my own shop, or when I traveled abroad. I would always read before sleeping. One day, I'd be so rich I would have a library full of novel to choose from. But I would always end the evening with a Bible passage.” 16 likes
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