- An epidemic of fever sweeps through the streets of 1793 Philadelphia in this novel from Laurie Halse Anderson where “the plot rages like the epidemic itself” (The New York Times Book Review).
- During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.
- Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down. At her feverish mother’s insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.
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“I don’t give many books a five. This book’s historical accuracy on the many details of the 1793 Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic, makes it very informative.
The plot actually gets a B, for being a bit lame, as in there almost wasn’t a plot, but at the same time, it kept me reading. Really, the plot was a family had to deal with yellow fever, and at the end of the story the family is close to where it was when the story begins. It’s the historical detail and accuracy that make the book a valuable read.” By Dora A. Smith
“This is a fascinating account of a devastating fever epidemic in Philadelphia, then the capital of the United States, in 1793. Nearly overnight– people contract the disease and die within the hour– Mattie’s life goes from being a slightly overworked teenage daughter of a proprietor of a successful coffee house, to a young woman struggling to survive in a city that’s taken on the bleakness of a Mad Max film.
Yet somehow we never come as close to Mattie as we might, or as we do with the main character in Anderson’s SPEAK. Mattie’s thoughts are so much on survival and on food that at times the book feels a bit like a travelogue of a disaster. Salvation, when it comes, also seems abrupt. In the end, this is a quick way to get an immediate feel for a terrible time in history, but although we are told a lot about Mattie, her family, her hopes and dreams, somehow she stays elusive. Emotionally, the book is a little disappointing, but it’s still well worth a read.” By Gwen Orel
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Kindle price: Hardcover $16.21 Paperback $5.99 Audible from $17.95
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 1, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (908 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,069 in Books