Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review-Fever 1793





Audio books are a wonderful invention.  You can listen to a book while doing something that may not require your whole attention, like housework or exercising.  I've recenlty started walking during my lunch hours, so naturally I decided to "read" at the same time by listening to an audiobook through our Overdrive collection.
I decided to read Fever, 1793 a fictionalized account of the yellow fever outbreak in Philadelphia in 1793.  It is actually a Young Adult novel with a teenaged protaganist.  I thought it was fascinating.  The story is told by Mattie Cook, a 14 year old whose mother runs a coffee house.  The author goes into a lot of detail of how people lived in 1793 Philadelphia, in addition to the yellow fever outbreak itself.  I was interested enough that I looked it up to see how much was actual history vs fiction, and was pleasantly surprised at how much was fact.  It was also interesting to learn that although we now know what causes yellow fever (spread through mosquitios) there is still no cure.
This is a great book if you like colonial settings, stories told from a younger person's perspective, stories about how natural disasters affect people, or historical fiction in general.  Because it is a young adult book it is a bit shorter than adult books and is less graphic.  A very enjoyable book.

Fever 1793
Fever 1793
By Anderson, Laurie Halse
2002-03 - Aladdin Paperbacks
9780689848919 Check Our Catalog


In 1793 the Cook Coffeehouse outside of Philadelphia is a haven for those fleeing from the fever sweeping across the mosquito-infested city. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook loses her childhood playmate to the fever and struggles to keep her family and its business alive.
HPL patron:  In this book the main character, Mattie, has to grow up and learn how to be a woman at an early age while the Yellow Fever creeps closer to her home.  It is a very good book.
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