Fever

By Laurie Halse Anderson

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About the book and Author

Fever is a award winning book, voted Publisher's Weekly best seller in 2000. It is based in Philadelphia, where a fever called "Yellow Fever" has taken its toll on the people. It's based on a young girl, who is trying to survive until the first frost, when the fever will die, It has won two starred reviews, and also state and national awards. The book was published in 2000. Laurie Halse Anderson has many other books as well, and is a well known author.

Quotes

In this book, there are a lot of good quotes that mean a lot when you read them. One quote says,

"-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.

LEGO: Fever 1793

Main Conflict

The main conflict in this story is the people against the fever. Everyone wants to live, but they don't have a choice. The fever is everywhere, and only the luckiest people can survive it. The most important point is when the fever was over, and Philadelphia came back alive. After the first frost, everyone who survived the fever came back into the town, the market opened back up, stores were reopened, and life began as normal as possible.
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Three interesting details

There were many interesting details in this book. One interesting detail was that the fever is actually from a mosquito called the Flavivirus. It's interesting because you wouldn't think that such a deadly fever would come from a tiny mosquito. Another detail is that the fever is actually a real thing. It is not made up, and it is mostly in Africa. Lastly, yellow fever is very hard to cure, which is why a lot of people died. The coldness from the first frost is what kills it. Many doctors thought that if you drew blood, it would get rid of the fever, but it didn't.

Historical

In the book, the Author tells us the hard time in Philadelphia in 1793. It changed Philadelphia forever, and made history. Many people died, but those who lived to tell the tale told it well.

Review

I think that this book is a very good read. It isn't boring, and it isn't a very long read either. It hooks you, and even though you cannot relate to the story, it is still a good read. It shows the love between family, fights between death and life, and trying to survive.