Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793 is a historical young adult novel set in eighteenth-century Philadelphia. Despite horrific conditions and tragic losses, fourteen-year-old Matilda Cook finds the strength to navigate the devastating yellow fever epidemic that overtakes Philadelphia. Anderson recreates the feeling and culture of Philadelphia at the time by structuring the narrative around actual historical events and quotes from primary sources. Set during a historic summer in American history, Fever 1793 features relatable characters and explores timeless topics like coming of age and inequities based on class and race.


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