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Fever 1793

By Laurie Halse Anderson (2)

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When yellow fever devastates Philadelphia in 1793, the Cook family and many others succumb to the terrible disease. As Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Fever 1793 opens, sixteen-year-old Mattie Cook has just lost a close friend to the epidemic. Mother wants Mattie to flee the fever’s progression, but Mattie instead attempts to keep the family’s coffeehouse running with the help of Eliza, a free African American woman. Mother falls ill, and in an effort to protect her family, sends both Mattie and her grandfather away from the city. Mattie too becomes ill but recovers, returning home only to find out that thieves have looted the coffeehouse. She is heartbroken when Grandfather later dies following a brutal attack, but finds another person to worry about when she encounters a child named Nell, orphaned due to the fever’s death toll. When Nell, and Eliza’s nephews, fall ill, the young girl and her older friend doggedly nurse them back to health. Mother survives, though now a semi-invalid, and Mattie decides, against societal dictations, to run the coffeehouse with Eliza as her partner. Though burdened with painful memories, Mattie ends the novel believing that better days are ahead. The fortitude and determination of Anderson’s heroine centers this gripping novel, and the historical context gives the story an authentic edge, making it suitable for middle school readers.

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    Prestwick House
    79 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    Power Pack: Fever 1793 (eBook)

    This Prestwick Power Pack is indispensible for encouraging students to become actively engaged in your current classroom novel study. Figurative language is stressed as a key concept in the many skills-based activities. Reproducible exercises not only save you time, but are instantly downloadable and inexpensive for a distinguished supplementary resource of this calibre.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Power Packs series. Other best-selling titles include: A Wrinkle In Time; Fever 1973; The Giver; Ella Enchanted; The Devil's Arithmetic; Esperanza Rising; From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler; To Kill A Mockingbird, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook power packs, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.


     
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    Learning Links/Novel-Ties
    38 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    Study Guide: Fever 1793 (eBook)

    Created to benefit newer middle school students with a greater understanding and appreciation for literature, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will encourage and train students for more complex reading in the future. Pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets are supplied on a chapter-by-chapter basis, which allows students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a reputable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 5, constituted of the following additional titles: Bridge to Terabithia; Island of the Blue Dolphins; My Side of the Mountain; The Pinballs; Tuck Everlasting; Sign of the Beaver; The Phantom Tollbooth; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; The Fighting Ground; Matilda; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson; Lily's Crossing; The Borrowers; The Whipping Boy; Toliver's Secret; Bloomability; On My Honor; Summer of the Monkeys; Among The Hidden; Castle in the Attic; The Wanderer; Call It Courage; Amos Fortune, Free Man; Crash; Becoming Naomi Leon; Bud, Not Buddy; Seedfolks; Esperanza Rising; George Washington's Socks; Crispin: The Cross of Lead; Among the Imposters; Fever 1793; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Surviving the Applewhites; Al Capone Does My Shirts; Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; Three Cups of Tea; Elijah of Buxton; Marley, A Dog Like No Other; Rules. All precursory Novel-Ties eBooks can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.