Summary: This book is about a teenage girl named Mattie Cook who lives in Philadelphia in 1793. During this hot summer a disease called yellow fever broke out and killed thousands of people in only a couple days. Mattie’s life and dreams seem to be coming to an end when she is forced to leave and return to live with ex-slaves, while she watches everyone around her die until winter comes and kills the disease off. When things are normal again she gets to own her own coffee shop.
Review: I thought that this book was interesting because it was based off real life. But it was also very repetitive because it was pretty much about people dying the whole time.
Summary: Fever 1793 is about a girl named Matilda who lives above her family’s coffee shop with her mother and grandfather, when suddenly a deadly disease called yellow fever breaks out. Now Matilda faces an even greater challenge than warding off Nathaniel Benson. She and her grandfather now have to flee to safe spots in the country to please her mother, but they get kicked off the wagon being mistaken for fever patients. Now having to care for her grandfather, she falls ill with the yellow fever and wakes up in a hospital having been treated and cared for. Throughout the rest of the book, Matilda stays strong and cares for her cook Eliza’s children as well as herself.
Evalutaion: When I first picked up this book, I didn’t think I would like it that much, but when I got past the first couple of pages, I couldn’t put it down! The author really captured how hard it was for Matilda to live during an epidempic that changed thousands of people’s lives and altered Matilda’s future. This book is amazing.
Summary: Fever 1793 is about a 16-year-old girl, Matilda Cook, who faces life and death situations with a deadly, viral disease called yellow fever. Matilda, her hard working mother, her war-fought grandfather, and chef Eliza live in the apartment above their coffee shop in Philadelphia during 1793. A few days later, after an incident happened with Matilda’s childhood friend, Polly, everyone in town is living with the disease yellow fever. Matilda has nowhere to go when tragic things happen to her grandfather and mother. She only has a child, Nell, she found and is taking care of and her ex-slave, chef Eliza, who is nowhere to be found. Can Matilda pull through and escape this horrible disease?
Evaluation: The book, Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is an amazing book. It captures the horrid truth about yellow fever and a young girl who is one of the very few that can survive it without anyone to hold her hand through it all.