by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewed by: Leah Baumgartner
Fever 1973 by Laurie Halse Anderson is an exciting and eye opening historical fiction novel. It follows the life of Mattie Cook as she deals with the deadly Yellow Fever Epidemic that swept through Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1793.
I loved how the character changed from a slightly spoiled and lazy teenager into a fiercely protective provider for the more vulnerable people in her life. I liked how the author showed the ways in which a devastating event like an epidemic can bring out the best and the worst in people. I cried with Mattie as she dealt with heartbreaking events and I felt a sense of joy and triumph every time she experienced victory over a difficult situation. It also made me very thankful for modern medicine!
It is a story I won’t soon forget and I encourage everyone to read it. It is going to be our Teen Book Club book for the month of October and copies are available at the Teen Zone Desk. You can sign up for the book club starting on September 8th and pick up a copy of Fever 1793!