Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewed by Bronte
The year is 1793 and yellow fever hits the city of Philadelphia, ruining what little order they have managed since the Revolutionary War. Through the eyes of 14 year old Matilda Cook we see how the fever devastated the city, and how people struggled to live in a fever panicked city when all laws seem to fail. My friend read this for a book report and years later I saw the book in a library and decided to read it. Based on true events, Matilda's story is heart wrenching as we watch her life fall apart before her eyes. Matilda's innocence is ruined through the atrocities she witnesses and the loss she goes through. This book was very fast paced and her loss of innocence during this chaotic time was very powerful. I cried and laughed reading this book. This is by the same author as Speak. I like both stories, but I like the writing in this one better. I would recommend this for young girls (10-12).