Book Talk: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Watch my book talk video here, or read the transcript below:

Who will die next? That’s the question that everyone in Philadelphia is secretly asking themselves.  It’s the summer of 1793, and although no one wanted to believe it at first, the fever cases are turning into an epidemic. Mattie and her mother, her veteran grandfather, and the cook, Eliza, keep their coffeehouse open as long as they can – but it isn’t long before fever strikes closer to home. As the city falls apart, with fever victims dying unattended, empty houses and businesses being looted, and mass burials in the square, is there anything Mattie can do to help her loved ones – and herself – survive? Read Fever 1793 to find out.

Book details: Anderson, L. H. (2000). Fever 1793. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780689838583; hardcover; $17.99.

Annotation: A young girl finds herself in the middle of a fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.


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