Good for girls: Boys will skip it

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

3 out of 5 stars

This one is pretty good, but not much on action. Set after the revolution, Philadelphia is hit by a disease which causes a fever then death. Those who can, flee the city. Many stay and die either from disease or starvation.
Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook helps her mother and grandfather run a coffee house in the city. She first encounters the disease when her friend and fellow worker dies from the disease. When it hits her always-busy mother, she and her grandfather try to flee the city.
When her grandfather gets sick on the journey, they are turned away from another town and left in the middle of nowhere. They somehow make it back to the city, but, by then, many places are shut down, her mother is nowhere to be found, and Mattie comes down with the fever.
She survives but has to try to find her mother, reassemble their business, and their way of life.
Girls may like this. Interesting to see what life would have been like back then. But boys will skip this one in a heartbeat.


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