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Fever 1793 [Read] ➮ Fever 1793 By Laurie Halse Anderson – It's late summer 1793 and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosuitoes and rumors of fever Down near the docks many have taken ill and the fatalities are mounting Now they include Polly the se It's late summer and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosuitoes 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 mosuito 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.

10 thoughts on “Fever 1793

  1. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    Many years ago I took my now adult kids out of public school to home school them and this was one of the first books I bought to add to their reading curriculum and library when I was looking for entertaining ways to teach history Well guess what? We all loved this book I've thought about it often through the years and now I think it's time for a re read It's thought provoking in a way younger readers can understand and older readers can appreciate BlurbIt's late summer 1793 and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosuitoes 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 mosuito 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 aliveI HIGHLY recommend this for readers of all agesPurchase on

  2. Beverly Beverly says:

    This is a great little YA book that delves into the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia Mattie's gumption and drive see her through some horrific experiences as she becomes an adult and has to survive on her own in the city of brotherly love which loses that appellation fairly uickly as the disease takes hold She starts out a child in what was then the capitol of the United States and emerges as her tough mother's daughter with a strength she didn't know she had

  3. Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance says:

    In 1793 Philadelphia PA was the largest city in the established colonies The city streets called alleys at the time were laid out in a grid pattern as many modern cities are laid out today Located on the Delaware River made it an ideal spot for accessibility and trade Markets banks coffeehouses a university and the State House made it a desirable modern city of its' time The central location was one of the reasons the Constitutional Convention was called to order in Philadelphia during a very hot summer six years earlier Despite its “modernism” imagine dirt roads outhouses animal droppings in the streets and trash that was put out at night for rats to scamper through as disposal Therefore your daily life consisted of swapping away flies and mosuitos' not to mention the smells around Personal hygiene did not consist of baths or showers and doctors had opinions perhaps a few remedies but no modern medicines at hand Bleeding was the favored method of some of the doctors around to get rid of the sickness He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most Medicines –Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard’s Almanac 1733Get to know Mattie and her family in this historical young adult fiction novel Her mother and grandfather run a wonderful successful respectable coffeehouse on a busy corner in Philadelphia among the hustle and bustle Only 2 blocks away from President Washington’s house Along with servants they work from sunrise to sundown serve homemade delicious dishes to loyal guests and pass through travelers Spirits were not served at this coffeehouse but there was always time for a good card game Mattie is an obedient hard working and resilient girl She runs errands at market and dislikes fancy dress up tea parties One day Polly their servant girl does not show up for work Stricken sick with a fever that people first called the “grippe” In the next few days things change very uickly for this family and other Philadelphia residents as it is thought that a ship docked at the harbour brought mosuitos along that infected people with Yellow Fever The patient is to be placed in a large empty tub and two buckets full of water of the temperature 75 or 80 degrees Fahrenheit’s thermometer are to be thrown on him Dr Adam Kuhn Philadelphia 1793 As this story unfolds you will find out what happens to this family and how this young girl with some help struggles persists through and helps others in need in this tragic time Hot dry winds forever blowing Dead men to the grave yards going; Constant hearses Funeral verses; Oh What plagues there is no knowing Phillip Freneau Pestilence Written During the Prevalence of a Yellow Fever 1973This is a beautiful heartbreaking story of a real event in our history Yellow Fever was not reserved for the poor or unfortunate It did not stop for class race gender the wealthy or the leaders of this young nation Many families evacuated into the country and were not even accepted into some towns as guards told them to turn around if they had been in contact with the fever Supply and demand of needed items drove prices sky high The people that remained suffered in their homes hallucinating and starving The haunting toll of the church bells the mass graves and the desperation of the people our people was heart wrenching to read The author did a fantastic job interweaving fictional characters with this real time eventIn the Appendix of the book you will find interesting historical information that relates to the writing of the book There are many things that I did not know prior to reading this I love that about Fever 1793 The author took a period of history and held it under a lens to examine it and then magnified it to this event for the reader to enjoy I would have not found out about the Free African Society or famous people touched by the fever or the battle of the doctors in this time period This is an outstanding piece of historical literature I highly recommend this book to any middle grade student and up studying American History in school

  4. Kristi Kristi says:

    Fever 1793 is based on the actual yellow fever epidemic that hit Philadelphia and wiped out some five thousand people One of those people affected by the fever is Mattie Cook Mattie’s mother and grandfather own a coffeehouse in Philadelphia and that is where Mattie spends most of her daysShe has plans of her own for the coffeehouse someday and often day dreams of what it would be like when she ran the establishment Mattie’s day dreams are shattered when the epidemic hitsMattie’s mother falls ill with yellow fever and Mattie and her grandfather flee the city to take refuge in the countryAs they never make it to their destination uncontrollable hardships fall on Mattie and her grandfather When Mattie finally returns to the city she finds it deserted and the coffeehouse ransackedMattie tries to find the courage to manage her life and the coffeehouse after the yellow fever has taken everything awayThis is the third novel by Laurie Halse Anderson that I have had a chance to read I love her writing style and I especially loved this historical fiction I had remembered learning about the yellow fever epidemic but I never knew the real impact that it had It was also interesting in learning about the true history that Anderson portrayed in her book I became immense in Mattie’s daily activities and for the fight of her life Although Speak is still my favorite novel by Anderson I highly reccomend Fever 1793

  5. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Fever 1793 is a standalone young readers novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson Although it falls in the genre of historical fiction this story is based on a very real event in history If interested you can learn about the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 by clicking HEREAs a reader and a parent who supports academic success I can acknowledge the benefits of educating youth via literature Even I learned a lot from reading this book But how much are they learning if they are trudging through every chapter? Fever 1793 was one of the titles reuired for my son's summer reading He wasn't happy about not getting a choice about what he is reading this summer and he was even less happy about having a number of extensive assignments for each book But he had the best attitude a sixth grader trying to enjoy his summer can be expected to have and he did what he needed to do But his opinion?It wasn't only him though I personally asked the opinions of several of his friends and all of them hated this book as well note hate is their word not mine After reading this book myself I can see where they are coming from It's not a pretty thought that an epidemic of this horror can exist and the thought that one could affect our super sanitized society of today is even frightening for youths and adults alike But if history teaches us anything it's the important knowledge that people can and do survive horrors of all kinds and that little tidbit is pricelessMy boy's rating of Fever 1793 is one star He wouldn't budge even acknowledging the survival component He despised every chapter It was pretty sad but my personal rating isn't much better in terms of personal enjoyment Even though I can objectively note many positive elements incorporated in this book I didn't enjoy the experience much at all So I'm giving Fever 1793 a two star rating When my boy heard my rating he demanded to create his own goodreads account to personally document his lonely one star He's got two years to go before that happensbut when he turns thirteen? Watch out goodreads My boy's got some opinions07312015July 2015 Reading along with my son for his reuired summer reading

  6. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    Fever 1793 is one of the rare children's novels that I will recommend to adults to read As a middle school English teacher reading children's and young adult fiction is part of the job Often it is enjoyable and often I am annoyed because I would rather be reading something else Usually after a spree of YA literature I must read Faulkner or a chapter from Ulysses to come out even YA books are often formulaic The formula includes a protagonist that is generally angst ridden complaining about mom andor dad and nervous about how they act in front of their crush They develop a newfound respect for a character in the story who is either old or diseased This character shows unbelievable strength and teaches profound morals And then this character dies I have been told YA books are filled with misery because it is what kids are interested in I guess children are not much different than adults in that regard Back to Fever though It is about Mattie Cook who is initially unhappy with her mom but learns to love her when she might lose her She might lose her because the story takes place during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia Mattie is very interested in Nathanial and is very nervous and giddy around him She learns to love her very old war hero grandfather He teaches her a lot as the two of them are alone just fighting to survive the epidemic So Anderson certainly follows the formula However this story is very historically accurate and well researched and she is a very good writer It is worth a look to see eighteenth century United States citizens forced to be their very best or very worst

  7. Annette Annette says:

    “The yellow fever outbreak that struck Philadelphia in 1793 was one of the worst epidemics in United States history In three months it killed nearly five thousand people 10 percent of the city’s population”Philadelphia 16 August 1793 Matilda Cook lives with her mother and grandfather above their coffeehouse Today before the day is in full swing with their chores they learn that they lost Polly their serving girl to fever It happened very uickly in a matter of hours“A week later sixty four people had died” The grandfather is skeptical about all those deaths being blamed on fever He insists “Even a few hundred isn’t enough to call it an epidemic”“There are forty thousand people living in Philadelphia” Half of them left the city Over three thousand are dead “Those who don’t die of the fever are beginning to starve”Matilda a dreamy girl now needs to learn how to survive the plagueLoved the character of Matilda She is so opposite of her mother who is a very hard worker and that’s what distinguished her from the early childhood Matilda pours her thoughts how she feels about itThe rage of fever is very real “Bodies are piling up like firewood” The doors are shut in your face as each family tries to stay alive behind their own walls “The streets were ghosted colorless and hushed” Except lonely children without their mothers and thieves breaking into empty houses Loved the atmosphere of the coffeehouse filled with “gentlemen merchants and politicians enjoying a cup of coffee a bite to eat and the news of the day” Matilda’s grandfather former army officer is “the heart of all gossip and tall tales in the coffeehouse” He is uite a character which I enjoyed very muchThe storyline and the writing are very impressive The plot is engrossing moving the story forward as fast as the rage of epidemic”Historical fact “In a few short weeks the city was transformed into a living nightmare with the sick dying the healthy paralyzed with fear and the doctors helpless The brave people who stayed in the city and helped the sick were extraordinary”

  8. Tink Magoo is bad at reviews Tink Magoo is bad at reviews says:

    First a small rambleWhen I was at school I always thought 'What do I want to learn history for it's boring where will it get me and what help will it be' Just imagine if everyone had the same outlook we would lose so much knowledge Thankfully now I'm an old withered up Mother I can appreciate our past a lot better Life was a battle and Mother a tired and bitter captainThis story really punched me in the heart with its sorrow And what really makes it hit home is the fact that in this day and age people still suffer as badly as they did back in 1793 This evolved from the story of a hard done by teenager who resented her Mother for working her so hard to a strong young lady finding hope where there seemed to be noneI can't express just how much I loved thisOne had to be careful with elbows and boys

  9. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    This book was uite depressing to say the least Nonetheless it's still an excellent historical novel which captures a long forgotten time period that most readers could never even imagine luckily

  10. Krista Regester Krista Regester says:

    A poem on how to get me to enjoy historical fiction put a plague in it

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