This is good historical fiction about the yellow fever plague that hit Philadelphia in 1793. It tells the story of Mattie and how the plague affected her, and what lessons she learned while getting through it.
I'd bought the book to give to my 11 year-old niece for Christmas, but then started reading it to see if it was appropriate for her, and I couldn't put it down.
I think it's good for the 10-14 year-old age range, although by 14, this may be a bit young. But sheesh, I'm well past 14 and found it intersting, so what does that say about me? :-)
Very well-written historical fiction. Poor Mattie had to grow up so fast, but I think her life is going to be better in the long run for it. I learned quite a bit about some American history that I didn't know much about (there's also a nice section in the end that discusses some of the historical aspects of the story).
I read this book after my daughter read it and told me how good it was. I enjoyed it very much; it was the first time I really grasped the history of the era and how many people suffered. I read a lot of young adult books to understand history better. They are well-written and easier to read than adult novels. This is one of my all time favorite young adult novels; it is great for all ages! I highly recommend it.
As an entomologist who often lectures on insects and their effect on history, I recommend this book to middle and high school teachers for their students.
This is an excellent historical novel about the year (1793) yellow fever struck Philadelphia, when that city was the capital of the United States.
It has both white and Afro-American characters in positive roles.
This book has received numerous awards, including:
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Junior Library Guild Selection
New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age
New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and
An IRA Teacher's Choice
An ABA Pick of the Lists
I thought this book was very good. I came arcoss this book when I was looking for some to post on here, but I decided to keep it in case I wanted to read it again. For a book set back in the past (which usually I don't really care for), it was very interesting and kept you in suspense.
Fluffy historical fiction, most appropriate for elementary-school readers. Lacked the depth of A Parcel of Patterns, also about an epidemic, also written for a young-adult audience. Of course, I didn't care for Anderson's novel Speak either.
I really recommend reading this along with the non-fiction newbery-award winning book, "American Plague." Together they give a vivid picture of a time in American history not long after the Revolutionary War, when a severe pestilence paralyzed America's then-capitol city, Philadelphia. Follow this up with a visit to Philadelphia's Mutter Museum.
I honestly chose this book solely because I loved the cover! I never thought I would read the entire book in one evening! I have never read a book like this before, as I am not really a big history person, but I felt like I knew every character & felt like I was right there! You should read this one if you get the chance.....I am keeping mine! :)
This is a great historical young adult novel. I never really knew much about the fever of 1793, and this story told of what people may have gone through, with some true facts about the fever at the end of the book. The cover is beautiful and eerie and draws you in right off the bat. Mattie is a courageous main character who goes through great strides to survive the fever and reach out to others who need help. She endures alot of heartache from people close to her dying, but never gives up. Overall, it is a great book that can be enjoyed by both teens and adults.
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 family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out, disease sweep the streets, destroying everything, and her mother is infected. Read as Mattie and her grandfather escape the country.
I read this book with my seven year old son and we both enjoyed it. The characters are very true to the time and the yellow fever epidemic is a historical sore in Philadelphia's history that a lot of people don't know much about. It helped my son realize how far we've come with medical practice and I just enjoyed the author's ability to use language to appeal to all ages. I would highly recommend this book.
This is a very well written novel about the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 from a very historical reference. Although this story was written for ages 9 - 12 as an adult I enjoyed it very much, the writer is very descriptive. The story takes place in Philadelphia and is told from the perspective of a 12 year old girl, Mattie.
Mattie Cook is a 14-year old girl living with her widowed mother and grandfather in their coffeehouse in Philadelphia in 1793. Like most teens in her day, she is kept busy helping run the family business even as she tries to avoid chores and constantly contrives to run into Nathaniel, a young painter whom her mother frowns upon because he has no prospects. Then yellow fever descends upon the city, and her world is turned upside down. The rich flee the city as the dead start to pile up in the streets, and friends turn on each other even as strangers act heroically to help those in need, and Mattie struggles to survive in a world suddenly turned dangerous. It is a chilling but fascinating picture of a dark time in America's history told from a teen's point of view for young adults.
FEVER 1793 satisfies the desire for strong female protagonists in historical fiction, and establishes Laurie Halse Anderson as a supremely multitalented author. Mattie experiences problems that modern girls can relate to: the desire to escape the drudgery of being worked by her mom in the coffeehouse, financial independence. Many people swear by this book, but I think I might have read it a bit too late, for I felt the plot was a little choppyâwhat I believed would've been the climax happened early on in the book, and I spent the last two-thirds floundering and trying to get back on track. Nevertheless, the characters are well-developed, and there is enough excitement that this should appeal to young girls.
The telling of the fever epidemic is very informative, but by no means dry or technical. The author paints a colorful picture of old Philadelphia and the historical figures included in the storytelling come to life once again. Its great to be reminded of how far weve come in terms of medical advancement. The remedies and medicines considered to be effective in that time are shocking. I love how in the epilogue the author describes some of the tools, medicines, etc. that todays reader may not be familiar with. A little book packed with lots of info and great storytelling.
This story provides a great picture into the lifestyle that many went through during Yellow Fever.
It displays the pain and sadness that families went through. I felt like I was there while reading this.