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Fever 1793

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  75,220 Ratings  ·  4,301 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 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Aladdin
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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)
Megan no. If your child gets frightened easily, then perhaps reading about sickness getting to everyone wouldn't be an option.
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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.


It's late summer 1793, and t
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
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
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
Oct 21, 2007 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
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
Jubilation Lee
The absolute best thing to come out of my reading Fever 1793 is that now I’m deeply immersed in a first-person account of the epidemic, and it is DRAMATIC.

There are fewer cities upon which the Lord had poured fourth richer blessings, than on this; and there are but few indeed, that have been plunged by his just judgement into a deeper abyss of distress, than our now weeping Philadelphia.

Damn, you guys.

As far as the actually book goes, it was okay? Certainly well-researched, judging by the notes
Apr 25, 2008 Alfreda rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2014 Britany rated it liked it
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
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
Nov 17, 2008 Jamir2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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Feb 23, 2008 Ana rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 03, 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
Apr 25, 2008 Michell'e rated it really liked it
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.
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
Jul 15, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 15, 2008 Laina rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2014 Beth Knight rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 25, 2012 Julianna rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 30, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
You wouldn’t know it from reading my reviews, but Laurie Halse Anderson actually primarily writes MG. She’s mainly known for her YA novels, but even though she’s been writing them since the year I was born, she only has a small handful to her name. More than two thirds of her bibliography is dominated by MG books. I don’t hear very much about these books one way or the other, which is why this novel is so far the only MG book of hers I’ve read. And after reading it, I honestly think she’s better ...more
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Oct 21, 2014 Fauziyyah Arimi rated it really liked it
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“Some days felt like we were trapped in a nightmare,”

Mimpi buruk itu adalah yellow fever. Dengan teknologi kedokteran yang terbatas di akhir abad ke-18, epidemi ini mewabah dengan cepat dan menelan korban hingga ribuan manusia. Salah satu yang terombang-ambing dalam gelombangnya adalah Matilda ‘Mattie’ Cook.

Yellow fever datang secara tiba-tiba di musim panas tahun 1793 saat Mattie berusia 15 tahun. Yang direnggut pertama kali dari sisinya adalah Polly, sahabatnya. Dalam h
Jun 21, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2013 Kasey H rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2010 Thomas rated it really liked it
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,
Nov 28, 2007 Kewpie rated it it was amazing
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
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Mar 24, 2016 Anna Hakopian t (-_-t) rated it did not like it
Shelves: march-2016
I can't pinpoint exactly why I didn't like it but I just couldn't. Even the audiobook I didn't like.

In the year 1793, the city of Philadelphia has a pandemic of yellow fever. We follow Matilda as she encounters the fever herself and must survive this sickness and the events following it. I guess it's about survival in these dark times.

I hate the writing. The dialogue was painful. It is one of those moments where the author clearly has the talent and capability to write better than you but it jus
One of my students told me this was good, so I borrowed it from her. She was right. It was good.

Laurie Halse Anderson? Sure. I've heard of her.

And when I borrowed it, students were learning about vectors and carriers in science.

And I'm from Pennsylvania. So, definitely worth checking out.

The book was a mite slow at the start, but picked right up for a quick finish.

What I appreciated most in the book was the accessibility to the history. Man, that Dr. Benjamin Rush... He was something else.

Dr. Rush's Thunderbolts

Aug 24, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was ok
This book was so utterly dull that a 5th grader could have written it. Sometimes I would have to reread a page or two because Laurie Halse Anderson's monotonous writing style would make my mind wander. Fever 1793 was more about cleaning and manners than is was about the Yellow Fever epidemic.
Nov 10, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing
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.
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