Reviewed by: Claire
What would you do if you were placed in the middle of a fever-filled city and were living alone? In the book Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson, a fourten year old, hard working girl, Mattie, is placed in this exact position. Once Yellow Fever took over the city of Philadelphia, Mattie’s mother, who had the disease, forced Mattie to take her grandfather and head to the countryside. When trouble errupts and Mattie and her grandfather are lef stranded, Mattie has to backtrack, everyone in the town is completely flustered with worry and confusion. Mattie has the fever, as does Grandfather and Mother. Mattie heads back to the deserted city and tries to cope on her own, but she faces many struggles in a small coffeehouse that he family owns and works at . Mattie learns that she should have been content with the little tasks that she had before the fever struck. While she is alone, she finds that bravery and courage are important in survival. After the sudden death of someone dear to her, Mattie struggles completely and pouts for a while, untill she finds that nothing gets accomplished by siting around.
This book was different that any other book I have ever read. Not in a negative way, but not in positive way either. I really have mixed feeling about this book. Fever 1793 is full of historical information and I can see how this book could be boring for people who enjoy books with more action. On the other hand, it was also full of unexpected adventure and mystery that left me wanting to figure out what happens next. I loved how the author incorporated a fiction story into a very serious historical event. The story line was simple and easy to follow, but in some places it was slow and hard to get through.
I recommend Fever 1793 to people who enjoy history and mystery. I recommend it primarily to girls, because it revolves around a teenage girl. This would be appropriate for anyone over the age of 10. There are some very gruesome scenes and very descriptive words that made it feel as if I was suffering alongside poor Mattie. Overall this novel was better than expected and I suggest you read it if you like history and suspense.