Fever 1793 is a great book, and it has given us a fabulous story to talk about. Here are a couple of comments book club members made about their thinking as readers.
- "I needed to do lots of visualizing in the beginning...I noticed myself reread tons in the beginning. Once I got into the story then I started predicting what would happen next and predicting how I think the book might end."
- "I noticed myself relating this story to parts of the Framework for Poverty book...I could really feel what Matilda was feeling during this time in the story! "
- "I am also finding myself looking up some of the vocab words. "
- "I also did lots of visualizing in this book. The author did a great job of providing details so you could really see/feel what was going on... I loved the banter between Matilda and her mother. I could “see” them arguing. I know this is based on real events but I ”googled” a couple of things to see if they were real such as the Blanchard hot air balloon (real event in Philadelphia). I didn’t know they had them back in 1793."
- "I noticed myself reading and rereading details about the setting and trying to get a strong visualization about the setting and the people (what the surroundings look like, what the people might be wearing, tasks they are doing). "
Readers are thinkers. Teachers reading YA novels are thinking about the skills they are using as readers.