"Fever: 1793". A review on the book by Laurie Halse Anderson.

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In the Laurie Halse Anderson's suspenseful novel, "Fever: 1793", we see three key ways yellow fever impacted Mattie's family during the summer and fall of 1793. Mattie's world turn completely upside-down. She doesn't trust her mother's doctor, Mr. Rowley. And she experienced many deaths of her family and friends.

Mattie's world completely turns upside-down. First, George Washington, the president, leaves until the frost comes and the disease is over. Then, her mother is thinking about sending her to the Ludington's farm, in fear that Mattie might catch the epidemic. Then, Mattie's own mother gets sick. And just as it seems that things couldn't get any worse, she and her grandfather get dumped into the middle of nowhere with no food, shelter, or any supplies!

When Mattie's mother gets sick, Mattie doesn't trust the doctor that came, and for a few reasons too. Her grandfather says that he is not a proper physician.

He smelled like rum and had dirty hands. And then, he bleeds Mattie's mother so much she nearly faints.

Mattie experiences many deaths of her friends and family before the epidemic is over. She hears news of her friend, Polly, about her unexpected and sudden death. And then her mother also dies near the end of the book. Finally, her grandfather, who she always expected to be there, died too!

In conclusion, the novel "Fever: 1793" is a suspenseful and thrilling novel! There are three key ways yellow fever had an impact on Mattie's family. Her world turns completely upside-down; she doesn't trust her mother's doctor, Mr. Rowley; and she experienced many deaths of her family and friends.