Fever 1793

Fever 1793

4.6 708
by Laurie Halse Anderson

ISBN-10: 043935675X

ISBN-13: 2900439356755

Pub. Date: 05/28/2014

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

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.

Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world

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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.

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.

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Fever 1793 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 708 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Fever 1793 is a wonderful book to read if you are like 10-12 years old of course it took place in 1793 it was when Washington lived. This book takes place in Philadelphia the book is about this girl named Matilda she is 12 years old and lives with her grandfather and mother (her father died). Yellow fever come into town and more then a 1,000 people were killed it was a disaster. All of Matilda family gets sick and has yellow fever even her to find out if she died or not read this book. If u cry when you read sad book then get a tissue box and start reading!!!! :)
graciegrace4 More than 1 year ago
Any teenager would love this book, they can perfectly relate to the main character Mattie Cook. the book begins with Mattie and her mother consistently arguing about when to do chores and work, but Mattie wants the general family coffee shop to turn into Philadelphia's greatest. Just one problem, suddenly the yellow fever strikes Philadelphia causing numerous amounts of sudden death. The yellow fever causes Mattie's family to separate, and endangering their lives. When Mattie arrives in this new land, she realizes that the fever is taking over everywhere. She has to realize how to adapt to a sick environment and survive the fever. Even though the setting is based in the late 1700's you can easily relate to the characters. Mattie is like any teenage girl, she is opinionated and strong willed. The point to view of the book is in first person, from Mattie's perspective. As you read this novel, you may interpret her mother as a demanding housewife but as the story precede you realize Mattie's great appreciation for her mother. If an adult were to have read this novel, they would most likely have a different perspective of the story. I recommend this book to anyone that loves suspense and history. This book is very suspenseful, you are always thinking about what is going to happen next. It is hard to put the book down! Also this book made me realize history can be very interesting. I felt that it took me back in time. This book was so intense you could feel what the character feels. I loved this book.
Stephanie_Martin More than 1 year ago
Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book about an experience the main character Mattie has with yellow fever. This book is during the mid 1700's, when one of Mattie's relatives gets infected with yellow fever she has to go away with her grandfather. When leaving she went through many struggles, causing her life to become very difficult. Putting her life in danger to save others she cared for, becoming very dramatic. Fever gave me a very good experience knowing how tough it was during the Fever with not that many families that didn't survive the Yellow Fever. Mattie went through many obstacles that caused her life to change, with her being much more mature and responsible. In my opinion I believe that the book Fever was a book that taught a historical lesson, however I would have expected something else from the ending of the book. Excluding the ending I enjoyed the book very much for a person who does not enjoy books who are drsmatic. I reccomend this book to anybody who enjoys reading books with drama, suspense, and historical events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very good to read a little scary but not to scary. I couldn't get my face out of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is PERFECT for 10-12 year olds! I remember reading it in fourth grade and loving it. Heck, I still will pick it up now for memmory's sake. This is the type of story that will stick with you and haunt the reader -- in a good way.
NoraTorres More than 1 year ago
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a really interesting book about a girl named Matilda who lives with her mother and her grandfather they run a coffee shop and work with a woman named Eliza. Mattie as she is called is a girl who is always trying to avoid her chores but her dream is to turn their little coffee shop into the most spectacular Philadelphia has ever seen. Although Matilda's dreams get crashed when yellow fever gets spread through out Philadelphia. When Matilda's mother came down with the disease she convinced Mattie's grandfather to go out of town to make them safe. In their way Matilda gets sick and has to go to the hospital for help where she meets Mrs. Flagg a nurse that takes care of her while she is sick. When Matilda and her grandfather go back to Philadelphia they found out that their coffee shop had been robbed and that Matilda's mother was missing. Matilda also has to deal with the dead of her grandfather who dies because a man struck him. Since then Matilda's life becomes even more difficult than it was before. Matilda's life changed and also everybody's that lived in Philadelphia. Matilda finds her mother but the days she suffered will never be erased from her memory. In my opinion the book was great although I think the ending was kind of plain I would of liked it to be more interesting but overall I recommend this book.
molly-morgan97 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in class and it was embarrassing when I cried at the end- that's how well Laurie Halse Anderson writes! I could feel Mattie's emotions as I was reading and now I'm making my mom read it, too! If you want suspense and thrill (or just a great book), look no further than Fever 1793!
GJ23 More than 1 year ago
Fever, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, is about a girl named Mattie Cook who is a 13 year old girl. Her personality changes when the fever strikes in Philadelphia. she admires a boy named Nathaniel who likes her back, but her mom does not want her to admire him because she wants her to have a good husband ,such as lawyer. Her mom is a very strong woman who was raised in a very rich family, but then married a carpenter. In the beginning of the book Mattie's dad is dead. The Cook family has a Coffee house which was very big in the 1700's, the coffeehouse is owned by her mom and her grandfather. Everything was normal but when the fever struck everything changed. Death was everywhere in Philadelphia, especially close to the docks. Mattie's mom did not let her be anywhere near the docks or way down by the market. People started to flee the country ,even the president left. Mattie and her grandfather left the country too, waiting for the frost to come. When they returned home the frost had not come ,but the house was a mess and deserted. Mattie was worried about what happened to her mother, she has to stay incase she comes. Mattie is stronger and acts like her mom. Her entire life changes because of the fever. Does the fever end? what happened to her mom? the adventure still continues.The book talks about a fever that struck in the 1700's and this happened in real life This is not fiction book it is real by the events that happen in the book and in history. I recommend this book to everyone because fever is a really good book that shows empowerment that has grown on Mattie since the fever. This is an amazing book that shows great events that happened in Fever, but the ending in the book was not really what I expected because I thought the ending was very simple. In my opinion I think this is one of the best books I have ever read.
Nicole_YWPA More than 1 year ago
Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a Historical Fiction novel about a young girl named Matilda who goes threw a rough time when a terrifying disease reaches town. This story takes place in Philadelphia in the late 1700's.Matilda's widowed mother and grandfather own a coffee house underneath there home. There works Matilda's mother, Matilda and Eliza a free slave who is the Coffee house cook. Things start going wrong once they hear about this horrific disease spreading around Philadelphia called Yellow Fever.Matilda's mother becomes sick therefore Matilda must leave town with her grandfather due to her mother's wish while Eliza stays and takes care of her. As Matilda and her grandfather try to leave town they pass by bumps on the road, and realize that the disease isn't just in their little town in Philadelphia, it's everywhere. Matilda and her grandfather try everything to stay as "sick free" as possible but the disease is so contagious.Now they have to try everything to make it back home to Philadelphia alive and safe. -Student from Young Womans Preparatory Academy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when i was 8, and loved it. At 18, it is still a favorite, expessialy knowing the history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U get hooked right from the start Such a good book Everyone should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely interesting book, for sure. The characters spoke in Old English, somewhat. Many parts were very emotional, but the characters knew how to make fun of a situation. Although this book was good overall, I wouldn't give it five stars. I found it very difficult to get hooked, to keep reading. I basically had to push myself to finish the book. It was pretty interesting overall, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi, I'm doing a book report on this book in 5th grade, I'm a really big reader and love mystery. So far, it's really good but I'm not very far. Do you think I'll like it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT i had to read it for school and it ROCKS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. The only thing bad about this book is when ot ends your going to want more out of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very sad book but also very awesome. In the beggning of the book it will seam boring but it is not
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello again for people who always read my reviews. I am reading this book right now and i personaly think that it is one of the best historical fiction books i have read. I recomend this book for anyone who can understand that this is a real crisis that actually happend at one point in history so please that into consideration. Goodbye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great i thought that it was really cool
AshleyG_YWPA More than 1 year ago
Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson was a very emotional book for the reason being that the main character: Matilda (Mattie) suffers with situations a teenager shouldn't go through alone. She faces real-life dilemmas, those she can fix and those she simply has no control over. Matilda and her family run a coffeehouse so their schedule is kind of busy, but her mind and soul keeps it going with a smile in her face. The town of Philadelphia get struck with the burden of Yellow-Fever and the smile of Matilda's appearance quickly turns upside down as the town experiences the hard faces of the yet incurable disease. The novel fever lets you know that no matter where you are, who you're with, you'll always face problems that you have to make the best of. Fever situations can be closely compared to what people did face on the late 1700 like Yellow-Fever and the enslaved African Americans. Disease and Pain played a major role in the book and the only thing you need to take in count of is hope and that by time, everything will get better. One word to describe Fever is unforgettable. Fever relates to you and can advice you to have Faith. While Matilda's mom is missing, she can only think of her and that shes in a safe environment and will be home soon. While Faith was taking action, everything was falling back to place as the town was reunited, but as everyone realized, it will never be the same, however it can be turned closely to what it was.
YWPA_Dynamite More than 1 year ago
In Philadelphia during the late 17th century, Matilda Cook has many dreams and hopes. She works with her mother and grandfather in a coffeehouse, with their helpers Eliza and Polly. Later on as Matilda was working, her mother tells her something so shocking, Polly was sick. A rare disease called yellow fever broke through in 1793. When she found out her mother had the fever she had to leave Philadelphia with her grandfather, to journey around to find a safe place. Later on Matilda finds out that the fever is everywhere, passing houses and houses with the yellow flags. They were trap! As they came back to the coffee shop they noticed that her mother was gone and the shop was vandalize The author Laurie Halse Anderson is also the author of these other great books; Speak and Chains, she has an amazing mind making the book so realistic. Fever is historical, twisting, and realistic, it blows my mind away with tears and joy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was about 13. I was hooked on it then and now almost 10 years later I decided to reread. Yes, this book was that good. The title and the story itself embedded itself into my brain  and I just could stop thinking about it all these years later. It really is a great book for anyone but it is an amazing read for girls between 10- 17.  I'm enjoying it now but not as much as I did when I read it so long ago. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE TIS BOOK !!! .The author made it very interesting to read . I read it in 5th grade and my whole class said that it was their favorite book . We even did a play on it . I would reccomened it to ages 11 and up .