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on 30 March 2006
Fever 1793 is about the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793. It follows Matilda (Mattie's) experience through the epidemic, showing excellent historical research and intriguing characters. I can't say too much about it- it is the sort of novel that starts with one thing and flows from there, instead of incidents mapped out.
I found the book very well written with a beautiful, flowing style that makes excellent reading.
Personally, I dislike reading about this sort of thing- and this has a lot of "illness," in the book (hence the name, 'fever,') I don't recommend it to those who dislike reading of intense symptoms/illness.
I recommend it for ages 13 +
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on 1 August 2003
This book was really enjoyable, it was easy to read and the storyline was very gripping. The topic of the book was also very interesting and enough happened to keep you interested. This is book is the kind of book you will start reading and will not be able to stop, i did not find it dificult to read anywhere at all, it kept my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat for hours of end. Overall I could not find any faults with this book, it is eye-opening and helps you really understand the situation as if you were there and you can also emphasise with the characters and feel really strong emotions as they must have felt living through the yellow fever epidemic. I really recommend you read this book!
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on 5 January 2002
In Philadelphia in August of 1793 everything was going good until the deadly yellow fever epidemic was born. At first, it was a rumor, then an uncommon event -- but it began to spread throughout the area, and no one was safe from the fever. Hope soon withered into despair as people died everywhere in Philadelphia. Mattie Cook, fourteen, is drawn away from the disease, but members of her family, and those she loves, are inflicted with the fever -- and as survival becomes a credential in her life, she must save the people whom she loves. But the epidemic worsens throughout Philadelphia. As the months pass by, the fever and deaths greatly increase, and Mattie is almost at the depths of despair. But she must be strong, and boldly face death -- through thick and thin, and through the worst moments of the summer. Fever 1793 is powerful historical fiction thriller. Mattie is a bold and well-liked heroine. It is a novel about hope, despair, danger, death, and coping with the losses and victories of the one of the worst epidemics in history. It is one of the best books I ever read, and I couldn't put down this powerfully gripping and well-written story.
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