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.
©2011 Laurie Halse Anderson (P)2011 Listening Library
This is one of those books that I wish was required reading (or listening to) in school. It teaches a fair amount of history along with being entertaining. I would have liked it to be a little bit longer to learn more about Mattie. Hopefully there will be a sequel!
The story and characters.
When the main character had to live with the help.
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
The young heroine in this story is beautifully illustrated. I am 50 years old and still I could picture myself in her shoes. I am anxious for my 14 year old daughter to read this and hopeful that she will encounter her own strength in this sweet and smart character.
I did not know much about this epidemic that hit Philadelphia the summer of 1793. I always love when I learn from entertaining fiction books. That happened here. I cheered for the heroine, cried for those who grieved and wished fervently for a sequel.
This was my first time hearing Ms. Bergi's performance. I thought she was great. She seemed to have the right edge to her voice. She had steely strength when necessary, and her voice wavered a little when appropriate too. Excellent portrayal.
Excellent story! Excellent performance.
When Mattie's grandfather dies and is buried with the fever victims.
A revolutionary story about a very revolutionary girl.
My 8th grade students loved reading the story with the audiobook. They suggested that it be made into a film.
Protect the innocent and helpless. Stand for truth and goodness and your soul will be happy and blessed.
The Fever of 1793 is a well written account of the yellow fever.
Very sad but true tale.
I could not put it down.
I am a nurse at a medium size hospital and know that is only a matter of time
before some disease takes large numbers of people and the medical community will be
The description of the main character's life and family and her view of her city, Philadelphia.
That would be a spoiler - and I don't want to ruin it - but I will miss her grandfather!
You knew which character was speaking - and you could picture the attitude and facial expressions that followed each part of the story.
Not really. You almost have to stop for a small break at a few points that get extremely overwhelming.
It seemed to be aimed at a young adult audience, rather than mature ones.
Mattie Cook is the young daughter of the widow who owns and runs the local Coffee Shop in Boston in 1793. She watches loved ones around her fall ill & is whisked away to safety in hopes of keeping her from catching the growing unknown epidemic. The story was a true page turner & my children were eager to listen to the very end.
The story is well written and gives you an amazing idea of what it must have been like to have lived during that time period. It doesn't sugar coat the rougher parts or the areas where life wasn't grand. The Narrator does a fantastic job with differing voices for the many characters within the book as well. That's always a bonus!
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