By Laurie Halse Anderson
About the book and Author
"-She lay under the fading bedding like a rag doll losing its stuffing, her hair a wild collection of snakes on the pillow, her cornflower blue eyes poisoned with streaks of yellow and red. It hurt to look at her." (chapter 9).
This quote explains what the fever takes onto your appearance. She was watching her mother die, and quickly. No one should have to go through that, especially knowing there is nothing you can do to get rid of the fever.
Another quote is "My eyes closed. It was never going to stop. We would suffer endlessly, with no time to rest, no time to sleep." (Chapter 25). The fever was taking over everything. No one could rest, there was barely any food, and everyone was dying. Everything was deserted, except for the families that stayed there and the men who came to take the dead to the field to dig a grave for.
The final quote is "Giving my mother a bath felt upside down and backside front. I didn't want to do it. Daughters aren't supposed to bathe their mothers, but Eliza could not manage alone." As a child, you think your parents are suppose to take care of everything. The house, the family, and themselves. When the tables are turned, she didn't know what to do.