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Fever 1793

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewer's Age: Grade 8

Fever 1793, takes place at Pennsylvania, in 1793 (hence the title, Fever 1793). It’s about a 14-year old girl named Mattie Cook, who’s mother runs a coffeehouse. Mattie, tired of listening to her mother, has many plans to turn the coffeehouse into an upscale establishment, one of the finest in Pennsylvania. All those plans are shattered though, when a Yellow Fever epidemic breaks out in the city. Those who do not flee to the country are trapped in the city, sitting ducks to fever, robbers, and starvation. When the rest of her family goes to stay with some cousins in the country, Mattie’s life becomes a living nightmare and a struggle to survive. Fever 1793 was a good book, as far as historical fiction goes. It was informative, and had a catchy plot. It was also very cliché, and had a very happily-ever-after ending. Out of 10 stars, I’d give Fever 1793 a 6.