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An epidemic of fever sweeps through the streets of 1793 Philadelphia in this novel from Laurie Halse Anderson where "the plot rages like the epidemic itself" (andlt;Iandgt;The New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/Iandgt;).andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.


In 1793, the Cook Coffeehouse outside Philadelphia is a haven for those fleeing from the fever sweeping across the mosquito-infested city. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook has just lost her childhood playmate to the fever and struggles to keep her family and her family's business alive.

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of numerous wonderful books for children and teens. Her highly acclaimed novels include Speak, which was a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor Book, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her novel Fever 1793 was named one of New York Public Library's 100 Best Books of 2000, was selected as an ABA Pick of the Lists title, and has won more than a dozen state awards. Her most recent novel, Twisted, was a New York Times bestseller. Laurie lives in Mexico, New York.

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Beverly B, March 2, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Rarely do I read YA books a second time, but this year's flu epidemic inspired me to re-read Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever 1793. It was even better the second time. Anderson's descriptions of how the yellow fever epidemic devastated families, towns and cities is gripping and historically accurate. The speed of the spread of the disease creates a fast paced plot centering around Mattie's struggle to survive. Powerless, homeless and struggling with overwhelming grieve, Mattie grows from a moody, dreamy, self-centered teen into a strong independent business woman. Fever is the perfect choice for readers who think they do not like historical fiction. They will be enthralled with the setting and inspired by Mattie.
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Tina Blacksmith, March 5, 2012 (view all comments by Tina Blacksmith)
A great read about yellow fever. It follows a young girl, who at times, feels lost. This book is full of sadness, but at the end, there is a ray of hope. The facts about yellow fever are really interesting.
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Effie, August 17, 2009 (view all comments by Effie)
This short narrative makes for a realistic read of a historical time period, when the yellow fever was running rampant in Philadelphia in 1793. The narrator is a young independent girl--probably moreso than she would have actually been allowed to be at the time, but it makes for a nice feminist punch for the person reading it today.
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Product Details

Anderson, Laurie Halse
Aladdin Paperbacks
New York
Action & Adventure
Historical - United States - Colonial
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Health - Diseases
Health & Medicine - Diseases
Yellow fever
Action & Adventure - General
Philadelphia (pa.)
Historical - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
The Seeds of America Trilogy
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
March 2002
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
f/c cover
7.62 x 5.12 in 6.51 oz
Age Level:

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"Synopsis" by , In 1793, the Cook Coffeehouse outside Philadelphia is a haven for those fleeing from the fever sweeping across the mosquito-infested city. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook has just lost her childhood playmate to the fever and struggles to keep her family and her family's business alive.
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