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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.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on January 1, 2006 by Listening Library
ISBN-10: 0307260496
ISBN-13: 9780307260499
79 Book Reviews
  • explorer1221
    explorer12214 months55 stars
    I love this historical fiction book because it feels like your there. It is so descriptive, and I can imagine what is happening. This book is funny, sad, and happy. It's the best book I ever read! You gotta read it. For the boys, it's not only a girl book.
    • mireeka
      mireekaover 1 year44 stars
      Mattie's mother runs a coffee shop where no alchohol is allowed. But when yellow fever starts spreading, she gets the fever. Mattie leaves her mother with somebody and tries to escape the city with her grandfather, but then she gets the fever too. She is cared for by French doctors, who use a method that was revolutionary at the time, and makes a successful recovery. She goes home, but finds that her mother is gone. Then she upgrades the coffee shop and runs it with a former servant as a partner.
      • annabethgranger
        annabethgrangerover 1 year44 stars
        Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever 1793 is a really good book. It explains the feelings of how most people were like during the pandemic. It also showed how things were like and what happened a lot. Anderson does not stop to skip tragedy, she makes things real and how they were. It has a few swear words, however, so it may not be appropriate for younger readers. All in all, this was a fantastic book.
        • daniellee
          danielleeover 1 year55 stars
          This book was great
          • chloele
            chloeleover 1 year55 stars
            I HATE history. It's way too boring. But starting from this book, it gave me a little prickle to start liking history. Now I begin to love historical fiction books especially books about WWII. The yellow fever breaks during the year 1793 and the main character starts finding her way to survive this outbreak. How does she do it?
            • blossomreader
              blossomreaderalmost 2 years11 star
              I did NOT like this book! It was way too boring. I know some people actually like this book, so I won't judge, but I didn't like it at all. It didn't make much sense to me and nothing was good. I don't recommend this book. It's about a fever that breaks out, and Mattie has to run away to escape the chance of getting sick. Can she do it? I regret reading this book. It was a waste of time.
              • ava_succulents
                ava_succulentsover 2 years
                This BOOK IS AMAZING! It is amazing how a girl like Mattie can survive a major fever! She was strong, caring, and smart. I 100 percent RECOMMEND this book.
                • ava_colors
                  ava_colorsover 2 years55 stars
                  This is a great book, and I loved it! It is so amazing with all the twists and turns that Maddie deals with. And how she stays strong through it all.
                  • papamurphies555over 2 years
                    This is one of the best books i have ever read. its thrilling and it takes you captive into the story.
                    • reader2009
                      reader2009almost 3 years11 star
                      This was an okay book but it was really scary in my opinion. If you want to read this book don't read it at night.