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Fever 1793
Fever 1793
Fever 1793
Audiobook6 hours

Fever 1793

Written by Laurie Halse Anderson

Narrated by Bailey Carr

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.

Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateFeb 20, 2018

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheese steaks while she writes.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Book Review:
    Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook is ambitious, adventurous, and sick to death of listening to her mother. Mattie has plans of her own. She wants to turn the Cook Coffeehouse into the finest business in Philadelphia, the capital of the new United States. But the waterfront is abuzz with reports of disease. "Fever" spreads from the docks and creeps toward Mattie's home, threatening everything she holds dear. As the cemeteries fill with fever victims, fear turns to panic, and thousands flee the city. Then tragedy strikes the coffeehouse, and Mattie is trapped in a living nightmare. Suddenly, her struggle to build a better life must give way to something even more important -- the fight to stay alive as the fever rages through the town.

    Matilda's Mother/Lucille Cook - A hardworking woman who labors endlessly at the coffeehouse, right where she belongs. She is the mother of Matilda. She gets sick on September 2, 1793.
    Grandfather/Captain William Farnsworth Cook - Matilda's paternal grandfather, who fought with Washington in the American Revolution. Tough, but generous with a sweet disposition.
    Eliza - African American woman who was once a slave, whose deceased husband bought her freedom. Works in the coffeehouse as the chef but retires to her brother's house at the end of each day.
    Nathaniel Benson - Matilda's friend and the painter's apprentice. (Keeps talking about catching a balloon rise [important in the story])
    Polly - Matilda's childhood friend and one of the first to die of the fever. (Mother's servant)
    Nell - A little girl Matilda looks after, after finding her alone in an abandoned house.

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A YA historical novel about the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. A good representation of the nearly apocalyptic scene and the struggles of dealing with the threat of death of oneself and loved ones.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Philadelphia, 1793. The once bustling capital city is now a shell of its former self. Gripped by yellow fever, thousands are dead and dying, thousands more have fleed for the safety of the countryside. The raw emotion of this time in our history is truly felt within the pages. Based on true events, this is a must for historical fiction readers.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Mattie is a 14-year-old growing up in 1793 Philadelphia, the year the Yellow Fever killed approximately 5,000 people (roughly 10% of its population at the time). When neighbors and eventually her own mother becomes ill, she and her grandfather attempt to flee the city, as many of its other occupants do. But this ends up not being as easy as expected, and Mattie discovers how devastating the Fever really is.My 12-year-old daughter had to read this for a summer school book project. I've read a few other of Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult books & enjoyed them, so I decided to read along with this one. It's basically historical fiction for the young reader, and for someone my daughter's age, I thought it was appropriate and informative. My daughter, who is a good reader but doesn't enjoy reading, was not looking forward to having to read this, but ended up enjoying it. Personally, I found the writing a little too basic and did not enjoy this as much as some of Anderson's other books, but I attribute that to it being written for a younger audience (10- to 12-year-olds) as opposed to more of a teen/young adult group. This book was more of an educational read for me, which I suspect is why it is a popular choice for schools.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A Terrifying Glimpse into the Past

    Life and death decision making are forced upon many people in this book, including young ones. The main character has to look out for her family and decide what to do during a terrifying period in her life where no correct answers seem to be found. Mustering her inner strength, the reader is drawn in and holds their breath until the end.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Forgettable. Unremarkable. I have no love for the main character built of sharing her turmoil. I couldn't bring myself to much care for the heroine or her circumstances.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I really enjoyed this young adult historical fiction novel. The main character was interesting and you really got to see her mature through the story. This story was really well written and interesting. It was realistic for the drama surrounding Mattie, but you didn't feel hopeless as the story rolled on. I thought the medical information from the time period was fascinating and I really liked the extra information in the appendix about "bleeding doctors" vs. the "French doctors".