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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 1st 2000
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
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This was an enjoyable read as I get sucked into the world of young Mattie during the pestilence of 1793. The writing was simple enough to understand, but it is very engaging that you would get to love the characters. You feel a snowball of emotions - happiness, panic, grief, hope, determination - co...