This novel is of the genre called historical fiction. Although the main characters and their dialogue is fictional,the story is based on real happenings in history.
1. historical- The city of Philadelphia in 1793 was decimated by a yellow fever epidemic. Real, important people are mentioned by name and worked into the plot.
2.realistic- The symptoms of the disease and the mention of the heat and mosquitoes are true. The fleeing of the residents was also true, as was the mention of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The clothes the characters wore and the food they ate was accurate.
3. dramatic- The story was of a serious nature. It was a drama in real life.
4. tragic- The numbers of people who died and the conditions they were living under was sad, especially the references to the children who were left behind when their parents died of the fever.
5. personal- The reader could relate to the heroine at this age and understand much of what she was feeling. Adding personal details of loves and hates, bullies and allies, fashion, and chores makes history come alive. Reading a factual textbook leaves out the personal touch of what people living then experienced.