Friday, March 20, 2020

How Yellow Fever (Nearly) Destroyed Philadelphia - Sawbones podcast

In keeping with the theme of the month, here is a new Sawbones podcast about the 1793 yellow fever outbreak that killed 10% of Philadelphia's population. 

While Sawbones podcasts are geared for adults, if you have older children in your family (5th grade and up), Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever 1793 tells the story of the outbreak from a 16 year old's perspective. 

  • "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."

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