Laurie Halse Anderson
Quote: " She won't settle until you are gone. She doesn't want you here. She's afraid you'll get sick." ~ Eliza pg. 73
started: Feb. 14, 2012
finished: Feb. 16, 2012
From the cover:
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.
Although this book was written for younger readers, I found it very well written and very educational. There are several references to real people and how this epidemic was dealt with. I liked that it dealt with real events and very believable situations. The author did a wonderful job of writing it as to where you could put yourself in Mattie's shoes. I felt like I was experiencing these events with her. It shows very well how families are split and you have to make hard, painful decisions to help in the survival of the ones you love and pray that you have the strength to save yourself!
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history or early american events.
All in all, this was a wonderful little book. 5 stars!