AUTHOR ~LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON
~During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out. Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.
~Mattie and her grandfather are left by a farmer in Bucks County because her grandfather looked ill. Mattie leaves her sick grandfather under a chestnut tree to find food and blankets. While Mattie was searching for food she found pears. Excited about finding food, Mattie headed back to the chestnut tree and her very ill grandfather. Before Mattie can make it back, she starts hearing voices and feeling very sick. The last thing Mattie sees before she blacks out is a figure standing near the tree.