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August 09, 2013


Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

reviewed by Joanne

Fever 1793 is the book that convinced me that my favorite genre is historical fiction. Laurie Halse Anderson writes of the story of a girl living in Philiadelphia as she battles the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 and at the same time matures into a young woman. This book has humor, heartbreak, fear, courage, romance and more. Mattie Cook is a great character with plenty of flaws to relate to, such as her reluctance to get up early in the morning. What I liked about the book is that the author really connected it to the real world. In the back of the novel, there are a few pages spelling out the factual parts of the story. Famous figures, settings, organizations and more. This book is for mature readers as it handles death and extreme illness but the more gruesome aspects only make for a realistic feel in my opinion. I recommend Anderson's other historical thriller, "Chains," as it is a fresh look on the life of an African-American slave. "Fever 1793" is a great book and I only wish it was longer!

Posted by library at August 9, 2013 02:03 PM