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Teaching Historical Fiction: Ideas for Fever 1793
I love Historical Fiction, and my new favorite is Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793. I wanted to share this book with you today so that you may 1) love it and 2) teach it.
This book came out in 2000, long before I lived in Philadelphia or told the story of Yellow Fever daily as a tour guide, and I chanced upon it at a small library down the street there. I had previously read Speak, Wintergirls, and Chains, so how had I not known about this one?
In Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson masterfully tells the story of Mattie, a young girl who lives through the nightmarish epidemic that killed 1 in 10 Philadelphians. From the mosquito buzzing in the room in the first sentence to the triumphant return of President Washington at the end, Anderson paints a picture of America’s Golden City, brought low by pestilence and embargo.