Laurie Halse Anderson
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Interest Level: 10 and up
CATEGORY: historical fiction
TYPE: Juvenile Novel
SUMMARY: This book is about a fever epidemic of 1793. Thousands of people died as a result of contracting yellow fever. Mattie’s mother sends her away with her grandfather when she contracts this deadly fever. In the process Mattie is separated from her mother. Mattie’s grandfather becomes deathly ill leaving Mattie to face the dying city’s devastations alone.
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KEYWORDS: fever, suspense, death, Philadelphia, a lone
This is a great book that gives students an idea of some of the struggles children and adults went through during the 1790’s with the Yellow Fever Epidemic. It is a good book for young adults to read and understand without feeling overwhelmed by the situations Yellow Fever put people in.