Fever 1793

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Character Analysis

In the book Fever 1793, Mattie Cook lives with her mother and her grandfather. Instead of doing her chores, she is making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen.

Key events

When fever breaks out in Philadelphia, Mattie and her grandfather flee the city, but what they didn't know that fever is everywhere, not just in city.

Fever destroys everything in its path

If someone gets yellow fever, someone else can it. Yellow Fever can kill someone very easily. The coffeehouse's serving girl,Polly, came down with a case of the fever and then next thing you know, she's being buried.