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Mattie Cook, a teenage girl living in Philadelphia during the late 18th century, has many hopes and dreams. She has plans for the coffee house her poor family owns, and she plans for her future and family.
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    Just when everything seems perfect, her friend Polly Logan dies of an unknown cause. Polly is not the only one who has been dying a strange death. The Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 is breaking loose. When her mother becomes ill with the fever, Mattie must flee from Philadelphia. She soon learns that the fever is everywhere, and she cannot escape it. Mattie becomes ill only to recover again. She journeys home only to have to cope with her grandfather's sudden death from the fever. The vendors have left town. There is no food anywhere, streets are inhabited by villians, and almost every house bears a yellow flag-the sign of a fever victim. Mattie goes and seeks the help of Elsa, a woman who had once worked for her family in the coffee house. Thousands have died already, and with Elsa's assistance, Mattie Cook struggles to stay alive.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Environmental Disaster

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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