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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  105,545 ratings  ·  6,219 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, 252 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Aladdin
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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
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great little YA book that delves into the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia. Mattie's gumption and drive see her through some horrific experiences, as she becomes an adult and has to survive on her own in the city of brotherly love which loses that appellation fairly quickly as the disease takes hold. She starts out a child in what was then the capitol of the United States and emerges as her tough mother's daughter with a strength she didn't know she had.
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
In 1793, Philadelphia, PA was the largest city in the established colonies. The city streets, called alleys at the time, were laid out in a grid pattern as many modern cities are laid out today. Located on the Delaware River made it an ideal spot for accessibility and trade. Markets, banks, coffeehouses, a university and the State House made it a desirable, modern city of its' time.
The central location was one of the reasons the Constitutional Convention was called to order in Philadelphia duri
Jul 08, 2008 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
Jun 20, 2007 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
“The yellow fever outbreak that struck Philadelphia in 1793 was one of the worst epidemics in United States history. In three months it killed nearly five thousand people, 10 percent of the city’s population.”

Philadelphia, 16 August 1793. Matilda Cook lives with her mother and grandfather above their coffeehouse. Today, before the day is in full swing with their chores, they learn that they lost Polly, their serving girl, to fever. It happened very quickly, in a matter of hours.

“A week later, si
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
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.
Krista Regester
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A poem on how to get me to enjoy historical fiction:

put a plague in it.
Apr 25, 2008 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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delicious and addictive book about a young teen forced to become an adult overnight when she is left alone during the yellow fever outbreak in the 1700s. Her mother is missing, and grandfather gets taken away from her also. The author researched this very well, and the book is accurate in it's details. Although the book is very sad, there is a lot of heart warming moments, and you learn to appreciate the way humans react in a crisis. This is one of those books I didnt want to end. This was fou ...more
Rachel Aranda
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-rentals
If I'm honest my expectations were really low for this book. I'm not in the “right” age range, didn't know anything about this author, and until recently didn’t know what made the year 1793 special until I mistyped in a Google search looking up an answer for my mom. The reason I decided to place a hold for this book was to learn a bit about the worst epidemic that has hit the U.S., but knew I didn't have time to read a big non-fiction book.

The main character of this story, Mattie, is an obedient
Overall Rating : A+

I first read this in middle school and it's just as amazing as it was back then.

Laurie Anderson is a masterful story-teller. Weaving fact and fiction together to make something wholly wonderful.

Unique, beautiful characters with their own strengths and weaknesses and how people can help or hinder when disaster strikes. A good book to read during all this pandemic/quarantine if you're up for it.
Hasna M. 8B
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LITERALLY FLEW THROUGH THIS BOOK!!!! It was that good, I couldn't even stop reading it!
Elle (ellexamines)
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
The Captain
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! Did ye know that in 1793 in Philadelphia there was a yellow fever epidemic? Or that said epidemic killed 10 percent of the city's population in 3 months? Or that there was a Free African Society that helped citizens of Philadelphia in the epidemic regardless of race or class. Or that the first hot air balloon launched in the United States happened in Philadelphia in 1793?

Yup, history can be fascinating and sad and sometimes even unknown when it has happened practically in y
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
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookriot
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, and wr
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for Fever 1793!

My daughter and I read this as a Mother-Daughter buddy read, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Fever 1793 is a book about the yellow fever epidemic that plagues Philadelphia in said year. Told from the perspective of Mattie, a young girl living with her mother and grandfather, Fever 1793 is engaging and interesting from start to finish. The characters are well developed, and the setting and atmosphere truly bring forth the historical essence of this novel. This book m
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
For some reason I'm drawn to books about epidemics, particularly historical fictions and Fever1793 did not disappoint. It provides a sobering yet fascinating glimpse into the Yellow Fever epidemic that took place in Philadelphia in 1793. The story takes the reader into the life of Matilda Cook, a 14 year old girl, living with her mother and paternal grandfather. It details the life of Maddie's family who own a successful coffeehouse and employ a couple of servants - one being Eliza, a former sla ...more
Jul 07, 2016 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.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, read-audiobook
What a book to read during a pandemic!! Set in Philadelphia after the American war for independence, this is a story of a young woman, her mother, grandfather and their closest friends and co-workers trying to survive the Yellow Fever pandemic that swept through the city of brotherly love in the earliest days of American independence.

It's beautifully written and very accessible to both young adult and adult audiences. It's also heart-breaking and a tragically honest depiction of the horror and
Jun 26, 2012 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
Nov 03, 2008 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
Nov 22, 2007 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
Hannah Mead
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Fascinating glimpse into the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. As a history nerd I hugely enjoyed the obvious care the author has taken to make this book historically accurate and vivid.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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