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Fever 1793

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  53,570 ratings  ·  3,322 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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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...more
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...more
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
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Feb 23, 2008 Ana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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....more
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...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
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
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...more
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,...more
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
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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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...more
Nico Chiodi
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...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...more
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...more
Mar 30, 2013 Rayna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
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...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.
Apr 01, 2014 Dakota added it
Living in Philadelphia in 1793 was a hot business considering it was one of the hottest on records. The conditions couldn't get worse for Mattie Cook,who lives above her family's coffee house with her mom and grandpa working all day. Well, until the fever hit. Fever 1793 is a suspenseful, plot twisting read that makes you think throughout. I love Fever, it is filled with plot twist and you never know who is going to get sick next. I loved that the story was realistic and filled with characters....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.
Caesar Mazzeo
Fever 1793. The main characters for this book are Mattie whos a young girl that has to leave her own town because of the fever spreading, Matties grandfather, and Matties mom who is one of the Yellow Fever victims. The author of Fever 1793 is Laurie Halse Anderson who is an amazing author. This book is graded 7.6 for the reading level. This book is based on historical fiction which is real historical events that happened in real life. The summary of this book is about a perspective from a girl n...more
Nov 10, 2012 Pat rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
this book was amazing.I learned so much about how things used to be.I recommend this book to everyone.It is a great read for people who aren't that into historical fiction.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
It's hard to believe that something like this could have happened in the U.S., but it did. Pair this with a biography of Benjamin Rush and Jim Murphy's An American Plague.
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In 1793 an epidemic of yellow fever severely affected the population of Philadelphia, then the capital of the United States. Anderson crafts a very good work of historical fiction based on the actual events. The young heroine is Mattie Cook. Barely out of childhood, Mattie lives with her widowed mother and her grandfather above the family’s coffeehouse and grudgingly helps around the house and shop. But as disease spreads among the population, Mattie finds that...more
This was a great book. Accurate historical fiction based on the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793....totally my idea of a perfect read.

The story is conveyed through the eyes of Mattie, a 14 year old girl who lives in a coffeehouse run by her widowed mother and paternal grandfather. When the fever strikes, Mattie's mother becomes ill and sends Mattie away to the country to escape the threat. Only that doesn't quite go as planned and Mattie ends up contracting the fever. Although she recovers, Mattie...more
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