This summer I am reading a few books that I have set aside to share with the boys during our fall homeschooling session later this year.
I love to search and find books that bring history to life, capturing the readers interest to the point where you forget about learning and just enjoy the story. This week’s book falls right into this category!
Laurie Halse Anderson
Category: Historical Fiction
Reading Level: Ages 9-12, Young Adult
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is a riveting, historical fiction novel about an actual Yellow Fever epidemic that occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the summer of 1793.
At that time, Philadelphia was the capital of the United States. The epidemic felled over 5,000 people (10% of the city’s population) in less than three months. Those who could flee to the country did so and those left behind in the city were faced with unfathomable hardships and tragedy.
Ms. Halse Anderson has done a superb job of bringing history to life with this captivating book. This story has stayed with me even after finishing it and I look forward to reading it with my kids this fall. This is an awesome book!
The story opens with Mattie, a 16 year old girl who helps her mother and grandfather run a coffee house in Philadelphia. She longs to turn 18 so that she can escape her daily drudgery and explore the world.
Mattie’s day starts out as usual but it quickly turns into a nightmare as those she loves fall sick with what is rumored to be Yellow Fever. She is forced to flee the city with her Grandfather and so her adventure begins.
Tragedy, trials and triumphs await her as she forges a new path during one of the worst epidemics this country has ever seen.
How will it all turn out?
Will she survive?
Will her loved ones survive?