The Boy in the Burning House: A Novel

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Douglas & McIntyre, 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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I didn't realise this was a young adult novel at first but that didn't stop me once I got into it. Well written with a quick, gripping plot, this story line keeps the reader engaged at every turn. Excellent suspense and good story telling, worthy of the Edgar award its author received. Read full review

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This book reminded me a lot of The Night of the Hunter (which most people know only from the classic movie, but it was a book by Davis Grubb), because of the bizarre preacher-villain. This was a ... 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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