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Fever, 1793

by Anderson, Laurie Halse.

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Call number: Y Fiction / Anderson, Laurie Halse, Teen Fiction

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In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

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I had to read two books about the Early American time period, and this was one of the books I chose. I absolutely love it because I like realistic fiction and history, and this was both. It is a great book and educational!

Fever 1793

This book is about the epidemic of the yellow fever in Philadelphia. Matilda Cook, her mother, grandfather, friends, and cat, goes on a adventure to live through the epidemic! Wonderful book. Matilda goes through tough times and hard tasks. The plot is great and has very sad moments. Many things happen and stuff just falls apart. Great book. You have to read it!!




good book, you learn what life was like in yellow fever stricken philadelphia at the time of george washington. quite different from life here nowadays

Great Book

I read this book a while ago and I can remember liking it a lot. Relatively short, but there was a lot of death that was really in-depth, but was somehow skipped over a lot. I'm just glad I wasn't alive then.


Well written with good characters


This book is really good. I admire Matilda for being such of a strong person--she survived Yellow Fever. Fever really freaked me out and it was a little scary how deadly some diseases are. I have to admit I started really paying attention to germs and hand sanitizer after reading this.


I got this book for my birthday. This book was really good, and it inspired me to find out more about the yellow fever epidemic.


After reading this book, I have to say that I really did start to take care of my body a LOT more than I did before. It kind of freaked me out that the nursery rhyme was actually sad, and we are laughing when we did it. Now, I'm really scared that something like this will happen in our life time, even though we're high tech.


The plot and characters are enticing. The reading level is relatively simple, but the content is precious. Anderson's voice and style remind me of Avi.

Great book

i loved it. A wonderful book

Matilda Cook

I think that Matilda Cook is a very strong character that survived through the horrible beast of Yellow Fever. Matilda is sad, but strong. This is a great book, and I recommend it.

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