Review of: Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson                           Reviewed by: Bella

fever In Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson the year is 1793, and fever lurks the streets.  The city is copious with disease. Fourteen year old Mattie Cook lives with her grandfather and widowed mother.  The Cook family owns a coffee shop, where Mattie plans to grow the business.  Mattie’s  mother becomes sick with the fever and Mattie’s life turns to havoc, because of this, she needs to learn how to survive in a city vacant of people.  Mattie and her grandfather flee to escape the fever stricken city.  She wants to be reunited with her mother, but the city is vacant and no one knows where she departed to.  Mattie started out being a dependent, dreaming teenager, but by the end she is independent and courageous.  Fever 1793  displays that hope can be found even in the darkest times.

Fever 1793  is now added to my list of favorite books.  This novel showed determination because Mattie still had a sliver of hope that her mother would be found.  While reading this book, I always wanted to know what would happen next; it was very suspenseful.  By the end of the book, Mattie became independent, which I liked because it made her show determination due to the fact that Mattie wanted to survive.  I felt many emotions while reading such as fear, happiness, wonder, and sadness.  I recommend that you read Fever 1793 so that you can understand why it is now one of my favorites.

Fifth and sixth grade girls would enjoy this book, especially if you love history.  Laurie Halse Anderson is great at taking events in history, adding fictional but amazing characters, and telling their story.  I really enjoyed the story of Mattie and the suspense that this book causes.