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Fever 1793

Fever 1793

Écrit par Laurie Halse Anderson

Raconté par Bailey Carr


Fever 1793

Écrit par Laurie Halse Anderson

Raconté par Bailey Carr

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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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À propos de l'auteur

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheese steaks while she writes.

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  • (3/5)
    Book Review:
    Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook is ambitious, adventurous, and sick to death of listening to her mother. Mattie has plans of her own. She wants to turn the Cook Coffeehouse into the finest business in Philadelphia, the capital of the new United States. But the waterfront is abuzz with reports of disease. "Fever" spreads from the docks and creeps toward Mattie's home, threatening everything she holds dear. As the cemeteries fill with fever victims, fear turns to panic, and thousands flee the city. Then tragedy strikes the coffeehouse, and Mattie is trapped in a living nightmare. Suddenly, her struggle to build a better life must give way to something even more important -- the fight to stay alive as the fever rages through the town.

    Characters:
    Matilda's Mother/Lucille Cook - A hardworking woman who labors endlessly at the coffeehouse, right where she belongs. She is the mother of Matilda. She gets sick on September 2, 1793.
    Grandfather/Captain William Farnsworth Cook - Matilda's paternal grandfather, who fought with Washington in the American Revolution. Tough, but generous with a sweet disposition.
    Eliza - African American woman who was once a slave, whose deceased husband bought her freedom. Works in the coffeehouse as the chef but retires to her brother's house at the end of each day.
    Nathaniel Benson - Matilda's friend and the painter's apprentice. (Keeps talking about catching a balloon rise [important in the story])
    Polly - Matilda's childhood friend and one of the first to die of the fever. (Mother's servant)
    Nell - A little girl Matilda looks after, after finding her alone in an abandoned house.



  • (4/5)
    A YA historical novel about the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. A good representation of the nearly apocalyptic scene and the struggles of dealing with the threat of death of oneself and loved ones.
  • (5/5)
    Philadelphia, 1793. The once bustling capital city is now a shell of its former self. Gripped by yellow fever, thousands are dead and dying, thousands more have fleed for the safety of the countryside. The raw emotion of this time in our history is truly felt within the pages. Based on true events, this is a must for historical fiction readers.
  • (3/5)
    Mattie is a 14-year-old growing up in 1793 Philadelphia, the year the Yellow Fever killed approximately 5,000 people (roughly 10% of its population at the time). When neighbors and eventually her own mother becomes ill, she and her grandfather attempt to flee the city, as many of its other occupants do. But this ends up not being as easy as expected, and Mattie discovers how devastating the Fever really is.My 12-year-old daughter had to read this for a summer school book project. I've read a few other of Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult books & enjoyed them, so I decided to read along with this one. It's basically historical fiction for the young reader, and for someone my daughter's age, I thought it was appropriate and informative. My daughter, who is a good reader but doesn't enjoy reading, was not looking forward to having to read this, but ended up enjoying it. Personally, I found the writing a little too basic and did not enjoy this as much as some of Anderson's other books, but I attribute that to it being written for a younger audience (10- to 12-year-olds) as opposed to more of a teen/young adult group. This book was more of an educational read for me, which I suspect is why it is a popular choice for schools.
  • (4/5)
    A Terrifying Glimpse into the Past

    Life and death decision making are forced upon many people in this book, including young ones. The main character has to look out for her family and decide what to do during a terrifying period in her life where no correct answers seem to be found. Mustering her inner strength, the reader is drawn in and holds their breath until the end.
  • (3/5)
    Forgettable. Unremarkable. I have no love for the main character built of sharing her turmoil. I couldn't bring myself to much care for the heroine or her circumstances.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this young adult historical fiction novel. The main character was interesting and you really got to see her mature through the story. This story was really well written and interesting. It was realistic for the drama surrounding Mattie, but you didn't feel hopeless as the story rolled on. I thought the medical information from the time period was fascinating and I really liked the extra information in the appendix about "bleeding doctors" vs. the "French doctors".
  • (4/5)
    Bought this book some time ago at Goodwill thinking it might interest my son but he hasn't read it. I finally read it over the last week or so. It's an interesting account of a historical event I didn't know about. Well written, except for the author's confusion of the verbs "lie" and "lay." Argh!
  • (4/5)
    This was a very good book. Accurate historical fiction and very engaging. Good character development and very satisfying closure to multiple plots.
  • (3/5)
    I liked the historical aspects of the novel, but I feel like the book lacked depth. I think the book should have been told in third person because the main character did not have enough thoughts and feelings. I also think Anderson could have built everyone's relationships better, especially the one with Nathaniel. Sometimes I think the book ended too convenient, but I was definitely surprised throughout the book in regards to how I thought things would turn out. I love Anderson's writing--she makes everything very clear and real sounding.
  • (5/5)
    The best book I have ever read, I mean it! This frightening tale grabs you by the gut.
  • (4/5)
    As an adult reader and a lover of historical fiction, I thought this book was absolutely outstanding. Unfortunately, for my son, who is entering grade 7 (and this book is on his assigned reading list), this book has been a struggle. Unless the young reader is well versed on early post colonial American history and is able to easily draw inferences this book may be a bit of a challenge.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent historical young reader novel about the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793 from the perspective of a young girl. A look at history not unusually taught in school.
  • (4/5)
    As an enthusiast of Laurie Halse Anderson's previous books,I was very excited to read Fever 1793. I was not disappointed. This piece of historical fiction opened my eyes to a time in history I was naive to. Anderson draws the reader in by creating a strong passionate young character who is the heroine of this book. I very much enjoyed reading this book.
  • (4/5)
    In Philadelphia (then, the capital of the United States) in 1793, yellow fever struck, taking about 10% of its residents. The outbreak hit in August and didn't subside until November. This fictional account is told from the point of view of 14-year old Mattie, who lives with her mother and grandfather; as a family, they run a popular coffeehouse. When the fever initially strikes, some people leave the city, while others (at least initially) don't believe it's anything more than a regular fever that tends to strike every fall. A series of events happens that forces Mattie to grow up quickly.I thought this was really good. I liked how Mattie's character developed over the course of the story. Because it's YA, it was quick to read. There is also a detailed appendix at the end - explaining more about the fever and what happened, as well as some additional history - that I found very interesting.
  • (5/5)
    Outstanding historical fiction.
  • (5/5)
    Great writing.
  • (4/5)
    I recently read "An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793" so the facts learned from that book were fresh in my mind while reading Fever. I must say, everything was extremely spot on. The timeline was right, the major players were right, details of the disease progression were right, I even forgot most of the time that this was fiction and not another extremely well written piece of non-fiction. I found it interesting that the first plague victim we hear about in Fever is African American, whereas the first victim was a French sailor according to An American Plague. While they may have been fairly silent in popular culture at the time, The Free African Society was far from it in 1793. As African Americans were thought to be immune to the sickness, they were not, many African American maids saw patients in their homes that nobody else would go into and saved the lives and hopes of so many.
  • (4/5)
    The book was very good and unlike any other book that I have read before. The balance of action and drama was perfect.
  • (5/5)
    This book is very sad but it is such a good book! Its one of my favorites. I would want to read it again!
  • (5/5)
    I don't usually read young adult literature. As a teacher I decided to read this to have book options to offer students. The beginning was a bit slow however once this book got rolling it was wonderful. The main character is interesting and can be easily related to by most young adults. For those interested in historical fiction or for use in a class I would recommend this book.
  • (3/5)
    A quick read about a young girl facing the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. Pretty simple, but gets at some good themes and interesting historical moments from the time of the outbreak (the debate over treatment methods, the role of black Philadelphians in combating the disease, &c.). I found it a little bit basic, but I bet it would be very well-suited for the intended audience.
  • (3/5)
    I kept my eyes closed, trying to see Polly happy, joking, maybe stealing a kiss with Matthew, then bursting through the door to tell me. It couldn't be real. How could Polly be dead?- Chapter 3 Some doctors warn we may see a thousand dead before it's over. There are forty thousand people living in Philadelphia, William. Can you imagine if one in forty were to die?- Chapter 8 My eyes closed. It was never going to stop. We would suffer endlessly, with no time to rest, no time to sleep.- Chapter 25 In the year 1793, yellow fever hits Philadelphia and hits it hard. Mattie is separated from her sick mother and forced to flee the city with her grandfather. When he falls ill, Mattie must help him and take care of herself. She must fight to survive. I read this book as part of my study of books for ages 9-12 with strong female protagonists. This book deals with a lot of suffering, but Mattie is a survivor. No matter what happens, she doesn't give up. Despite all the death and sadness, there is a message of hope. Towards the end, Mattie spends a great deal of time caring for others. She also shows that she knows what she wants and is determined to get it. This is a good historical fiction book and the first book I read on this topic. It is well-written and easy to read. Recommended to:Ages 9-12; readers who enjoy historical fiction or books with strong female characters.
  • (3/5)
    I enjoy historical fiction, and I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I could never bring myself to care much about any of the characters, though, or what happened to them. This was one of those books that I had to force myself to continue reading and finish.
  • (3/5)
    Good historical fiction about the yellow fever epidemic of Philadelphia in 1793. I enjoyed the overall story and the appearance of some notable characters, including many famous statesmen who were instrumental in the birth of our country. Although the descriptions were realistic and informative, I didn't love this book as much as some other historical fiction written for children (The Witch of Blackbird Pond or Johnny Tremain). Still, overall a fun and informative story.
  • (4/5)
    This young adult novel is so well written, it would appeal to adult readers of all types. The history is excellent and the viewpoint of a teen living through a traumatic time is moving. I am so interested in medicine in this era, it was such a mixture of arts and science and folklore.
  • (4/5)
    In 1793 Mattie is 16. He mother runs a coffee house. The yellow fever plague sweeps Philadelphia. She is separated from her mother, who is sick. She leaves town with her grandfather. As she witnesses the images of death, and watches the city become abandoned, she grows more self-reliant.
  • (5/5)
    Classroom favorite! Great read for middle grades and higher. Page turner.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent historical novel written as if a journal by a fourteen year old girl living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the Yellow Fever epidemic. Exceptionally well written account which entirely plausible, and includes verifiable facts regarding the devastation of the citizens and the great sacrifices and good works of the individuals of the AME church. I have read it several times, but noticed that I neglected to review, so I reread the audio today. Emily Bergl is wonderful as Mattie Cook and the other characters.
  • (4/5)
    The scene at the tea... BRILLIANT. It's funny, but really not. I'd LOVE to see it acted out. My favorite part of the book hands down.