The Boy in the Burning House: A Novel

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Groundwood Books, 2002 - Abandoned children - 231 pages
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Two years after his father mysteriously disappeared, Jim Hawkins is coping — barely. Underneath he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. Then Ruth Rose crashes into his life. A sixteen-year-old misfit whose manic moods have to be managed by drugs, she tells Jim that her stepfather is a murderer. Every instinct tells Jim to walk away, to get back to the slow process of dealing with his own grief. Yet something about her fierce conviction will not let him rest. Ruth Rose lights a fire in Jim — a burning need to uncover the truth, no matter how painful that truth may be.

Acclaimed author Tim Wynne-Jones turns his considerable talent to a stunning novel that is part mystery, part psychological thriller. Emotionally compelling, fast-paced, terrifying and clever — The Boy in the Burning Houseis an irresistible read.

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Review: The Boy in the Burning House

User Review  - Robin Kirk - Goodreads

I paid special attention to the Prologue. Its very sensory and vivid, this female watching Father Fisher so doggedly, to try and save him from blackmail -- or prove he is a murderer. I think it mainly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Loder - Goodreads

A fast read with a whipsaw pattern that pulls years of small-town events into a climax of death and betrayal over a few weeks. Jim Hawkins and Ruth Rose are both coping with an overcharge of emotional ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada's foremost writers for children. The author of two dozen books, he is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award, four-time winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, as well as the recipient of many other prizes and honours, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Edgar Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. He lives in Perth, Ontario.

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