Author(s): Laurie Halse AndersonDownload
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 her family’s coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie’s concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family’s small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie’s struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight—the fight to stay alive.
Some Reviews: 5692 in Goodreads.com
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 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 her family’s coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie’s concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family’s small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie’s struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight-the fight to stay alive.
I HIGHLY recommend this for readers of all ages.
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 about mom and/or dad and nervous about how they act in front of their crush. They develop a newfound respect for a character in the story who is either old or diseased. This character shows unbelievable strength and teaches profound morals. And then this character dies. I have been told YA books are filled with misery because it is what kids are interested in. I guess children are not much different than adults in that regard.
Back to Fever, though. It is about Mattie Cook, who is initially unhappy with her mom, but learns to love her when she might lose her. She might lose her because the story takes place during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia. Mattie is very interested in Nathanial and is very nervous and giddy around him. She learns to love her very old war hero grandfather. He teaches her a lot as the two of them are alone just fighting to survive the epidemic. So Anderson certainly follows the formula. However, this story is very historically accurate and well-researched and she is a very good writer. It is worth a look to see eighteenth century United States citizens forced to be their very best or very worst.
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 day and age people still suffer as badly as they did back in 1793. This evolved from the story of a hard done by teenager who resented her Mother for working her so hard, to a strong young lady finding hope where there seemed to be none.
I can’t express just how much I loved this.
“One had to be careful with elbows and boys”
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 found in the young adult section at the library, but it could be enjoyed by any age or gender, in my opinion. Two major thumbs up!
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 story pop out. In the story Mattie Cook (main character) has a big conflict when robbers come and rob her family’s store. Because of the setting you could imagine why the robbers actually rob the store.
In the story happiness always comes in the darkest and unexpected places. In the story Mattie finds a young child. When this happened a smile just raced on my face. I thought to myself how great is it that you can lose on person that you needed help from and out of nowhere find someone that really needs your help. I think the author really makes the story very realitic.
When ever there’s happiness there is happiness there is sadness. In the story Mattie is very sad. Mattie is sad because she can’t find her mother. Mattie tries to contact here mother, but it seems she always comes to a dead end. She cries and she weeps but that does not get her down. Mattie is strong and she survives the lonely nights and empty days without her mother.
This story is one that everybody should read. This story has the makings of a wonderful book. A book that will be remembered forever. A book that I can tell my children about in the years to come. “Fever 1793”, the best book ever. Anyone whose read it should know that, but if you haven’t. You should be on your way to borders book store.
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