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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689848919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689848919
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anika Hossain on July 7 2004
Format: Paperback
Author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson writes her amazing historical fiction book, Fever 1793 about a teenage girl named Matilda a.k.a. Mattie who faces difficulty and fights for her life. The story is written really well and Laurie Halse Anderson does a good job making Matilda sound like a girl in the 18th century. In Fever 1793 the bonds of friendship and love is written really well.
16 year-old Matilda Cook's mother and grandfather owns a popular coffee shop on High Street. Mattie was a lazy girl with a comfortable and plain life. Her whole life changes when the yellow fever epidemic arrives in Philadelphia. Her mother caught the fever and sends Matilda and her grandfather away to be safe. They leave Philadelphia and on their way both Matilda and her grandfather catches yellow fever. So much happens like the death of Mattie's grandfather and her mother goes missing. The epidemic kills thousands of people. When winter comes the epidemic ends. The fever might have ended but the bad memories are still there.
The epidemic caused Mattie to change a lot. She was a lazy girl in the beginning of the book but then she became more responsible and strong. The character shift that Laurie Halse Anderson did was really good.
I had read her other book Speak and thought it was an ok book. But Fever 1973 is one of the best books I've ever read. This book was written I such a way that it is hard to put down. Anderson makes you want to keep reading. I read this book in 3 days and couldn't put it down. I never knew historical fiction could be so fun to read.
Fever 1793 is written so well. I couldn't find any downside besides the fact that I thought the beginning was boring, other than that it was perfect. This book really gives you a picture of the 18th century. This book was not only fun to read but it also was educational. These are two qualities that make the book great.
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Format: Hardcover
A very informative book about the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia during the summer of 1793. It gives insight to what the daily life of girls and women was like in the late 1700's. It also illustrates the importance of the Free African Society and their efforts as well as courage in taking it upon themselves to continue to care for the victims of Yellow Fever.
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By loren Touma on May 25 2004
Format: Paperback
A very cool author Laurie Halse Anderson wrote the adventurous book Fever 1793. Laurie Halse Anderson also wrote Speak, and other great books. Laurie Anderson wrote Fever 1793, so people would understand the devastating yellow fever that struck Pennsylvania in 1793. This story explains the reality Mattie was in. Mattie Cook, a fourteen-year-old girl who lived in Philadelphia. Her parents owned the Cook Coffeehouse, and Mattie was very proud. She had big dreams to make the coffeehouse a big company for the president. Mattie's life and dream changes after her friend, Polly, dies of a mysterious fever. Mattie was shocked of Polly's sudden death, but she was more shocked when she found out that her mother had gotten it. She couldn't admit that it was really happening. Mattie's mother decided to send Mattie to the Ludington's house, with grandfather to take her. Mattie was surprised that no one was stopping her mother. Not even Eliza, a freed slave that works for them. Eliza usually is understanding, and Mattie thought Eliza would stop Mother, but she didn't. Mattie is terribly scared when her grandfather becomes ill on the trip. Mattie and the driver's family fears that it is yellow fever, and the driver kicks Mattie and Grandfather out of the carriage. Now it was all up to Mattie to save her Grandfather and herself. Mattie learns the true fear and terror of the yellow fever. She hears terrifying screams at night, and smells blood and death everywhere. Worst of all, she sees victims dead bodies being carried out. She sees lifeless corpses in the streets. The imagery was amazing, and it makes the reader feel like they're Mattie. As the story goes on, it explains how Mattie goes back to her house with Grandfather. As soon as they go back to they house, the worst thing happens.Read more ›
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By A Customer on May 24 2004
Format: Paperback
This was an incrdible book, a perfect view of such a great fight for your life. It showed you everything from the inside: Mattie's fear, determination, strength and courage. It showed her immense pain, and this book kept you on the edge of your seat until the last word. Mattie suffers many, many hardships, but the one thing that makes her a strong character--and what makes this a strong book--is that she never, never, never gave up. She never gave into the fever and how it was effecting her life and the life around her. It really brings the truthful saying "you don't know what you've got until it's gone." It shows the American spirit, that we will never give in, even in times of great pain. Read this book. You won't regret it.
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By cad on May 21 2004
Format: Paperback
I've wanted to read this book for quite some time now. I finally got my hands on a copy this past week and I read it in 4 days. I love this book because it just draws you in to the point where you don't want to put the book down. The excerpts in the beginning of each chapter just make you realize how real this story really is
Mattie is a young girl that lives during in Pennsylvania during the summer of the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793. She's like every other teenager and wishes she didn't have to do chores or listen to her mother complain and boss her around. But during this summer, Mattie has to face reality and grow up on her own to survive the yellow fever.
Laurie Halse Anderson did a great job in writing this book. I highly recommend this book, it's a pretty fast read and you won't want to put the book down until you finish reading it.
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