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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I kinda liked this book. I read it for school, and i wouldn't suggest doing so because it was sllightly confusing for me. The only thing i really liked was how intriguing it was, you could pretty much read the whole book in a day because it keeps you wanting to read more and more. 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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