Sunday, January 8, 2017

Book Review : Fever 1793

I believe it is safe to say that I love everything and anything written by Laurie Halse Anderson. Fever 1793 is no different. It wasn't her best novel, but it was a great one. I just love her writing style. I was excited to try some of her historical fiction. When I saw a good edition of this at the used bookstore for two dollars, I quickly snatched it up. 

The novel Fever 1793 is actually based around the yellow fever epidemic that hit Philadelphia that year. It killed around five thousand people and affected countless others. It is likely that the refugees and ships carried the yellow fever virus and mosquitoes

In the book, one of the people that the fever hits is Mattie Cook. She is a cute little girl that has goals and dreams bigger than she is. Her mother and grandfather own a coffee shop. She has plans to own her own one someday. She often dreams and plans what it will be like. Until the fever hits and everything she hopes for crumbles away. 

Her mother has fallen ill with yellow fever. She and her grandfather flee the city, to live in the countryside. Unfortunately, uncontrollable hardships cause them to never make it there. When they finally return to the coffee shop it is destroyed and everything has been taken from her. Mattie has to face the cold reality that the fever has managed to take everything away from her. She now must be strong and try and overcome all this. 

This is a younger middle-grade novel, not your typical teen novel. I would recommend it for that age range because it doesn't have much depth and is a little immature in places. Overall this is a pretty good novel and well researched. 

Goodreads Description: 

It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes 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 mosquito-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. 

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