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Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
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In Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever, 1793 a young girl struggles to survive an epidemic outbreak of the yellow fever in her hometown of Philadelphia.
In August of 1793, Mattie Cook and the residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are plagued with the epidemic of the yellow fever. Rich and poor alike the fever creeps from the waterfront to the front doors of all the residents in the capital of the new United States. Mattie's grandfather refuses to accept that the disease is real until the Matilda's own mother is struck by the pestilence.
As friends, neighbors, and family are struck with the deadly disease, Mattie is challenged with the struggle of survival, self-reliance, and perseverance. Cemeteries begin to fill, neighbors begin to flee, and the capital's population begins to dwindle. Can Mattie escape the horrors of the disease or will she just become another victim of the yellow devil?
"Fever, 1793 makes you know what Mattie is feeling and makes you feel like your right there with her." -Gabby