Fever 1793

Laurie Halse Anderson (Author) Lori Earley (Illustrator)


From Fever 1793
Where's Polly? I asked as I dropped the bucket down the well. Did you pass by the blacksmith's?
I spoke with her mother, with Mistress Logan, Mother answered softly, looking at her neat rows of carrots.
And? I waved a mosquito away from my face.
It happened quickly. Polly sewed by candlelight after dinner. Her mother repeated that over and over, 'she sewed by candlelight after dinner.' And then she collapsed.
I released the handle and the bucket splashed, a distant sound.
Matilda, Polly's dead.

August 1793. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook is ambitious, adventurous, and sick to death of listening to her mother. Mattie has plans of her own. She wants to turn the Cook Coffeehouse into the finest business in Philadelphia, the capital of the new United States.
But the waterfront is abuzz with reports of disease. Fever spreads from the docks and creeps toward Mattie's home, threatening everything she holds dear.
As the cemeteries fill with fever victims, fear turns to panic, and thousands flee the city. Then tragedy strikes the coffeehouse, and Mattie is trapped in a living nightmare. Suddenly, her struggle to build a better life must give way to something even more important -- the fight to stay alive.

Product Details

$19.99  $18.39
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
September 01, 2000
5.78 X 1.0 X 8.7 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English.

In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheese steaks while she writes.


"The New York Times Book Review" The plot rages like the epidemic itself.
"The New York Times Book Review" A gripping story about living morally under the shadow of rampant death.
"School Library Journal" starred review Readers will be drawn in by the characters and will emerge with a sharp and graphic picture of another world.
"VOYA" A vivid work, rich with well-drawn characters.