Fever 1793 is one reason why. Fever 1793 was published in 2000 and is the story of a yellow fever epidemic. The main character, Mattie, is 14 years old and she's spunky. Her mother insists she leave Philadelphia to escape the plague, but Mattie soon finds out it has spread to the countryside. Mattie is a great character, and the well-researched details make you feel like you are living through it. I read Fever 1793 when it first came out and still remember scenes from it.
What is even more amazing to me is that Anderson also writes great contemporaries. She wrote Speak while in the middle of writing Fever 1793! Such different genres and such amazing stories! I am in awe (well, I am in general, always in awe of authors.)
If you haven't read Fever 1793 I would highly recommend that you do. It's short, but you won't forget it.
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