ISBN: 0316011711
EAN13: 9780316011716
Language: English
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.7" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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This novel may be brief, but it leaves a big impact.
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Tom's a normal seventh-grader, negotiating a slightly prickly stage in his long friendship with Jeff.The arrival of new girl Jessica Feeney, however, changes everything; Jessica, who is attending a local hospital for treatment, has been badly burned by a fire, and her terrible disfigurement shocks the class into confusion. This isn't the usual book about adjustment to difference; instead, Abbott brilliantly explores the kids' struggle to manage the intrusion of abnormality in their lives.this is a thoughtful exploration of a brief interlude's lasting impact.
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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   Sensitive, personal, gripping and wise.
Children are given a glimpse into interior thinking by this book. They have yet to articulate their feelings, and it articulates strong and confusing ones. It shows that what looks weak can be strong, that what looks strong can be weak or wicked, and that group think can create rumors based on fantasy. It shows how friendship can be developed through adversity and how a burned child can show others the difference between surface and abiding values. Our child loved this book. She was engaged in the study questions that followed the reading after she read it in fourth grade. It brought up interesting conversations in the family.
This book was enjoyable and had a lesson at the end. I thought it could have a big impact on someone's life. The book is short, but you will not forget it. The way it made you think. I was sad for Jessica because I thought she was treated unfairly. I was angry at Jeff because he is always mean to her and to everyone. I think Tom learns something from Jessica. She had to go through a lot while she was at the school, you would think that people would try to be nice. The worst was probably Jeff. I think you should read this book. Anyone will like it. If a single star review shows up, that person doesn't have the ability to appreciate a book like this.
Jessica, who was badly burned in a car accident, is a new 7 th grade student at St. Catherine's. She affects Tom in a way he never thought possible as the class reacts to her appearance. The truth, kindness and callousness of middle school students are discussed in the book.
   Firegirl will jolt your conscience and make you look at yourself.
This book was part of a lesson. I bought it to help her with her schoolwork. I was drawn to the story very much. My daughter was taught how people can destroy someone's image by making up stories when they don't have facts. There were many other lessons. It's full of courage and compassion. It is a good choice for young readers.
   It will bring you to tears.
A girl is in the 7 th grade class. The girl is different according to the teacher. Tom is a daydreamer who likes being invisible and dreaming about not- quite superheroes and a sports car. The new girl brings out strengths and flaws in the class, not because of what she does, but because of who she is. Tom's life is over. He has a heart that will direct him to do what's right even if he doesn't like it. Firegirl makes the reader think and feel. Highly recommendable.
   Good book
The book was assigned to me in class. It is a very good book. Some parts I didn't care for were gross. I liked the book.
   Good discussion starter
Interesting subject. The author didn't go a lot deeper into the topic. It was enjoyable. I would recommend it to young adults about 6 - 8 th grade. It isn't often discussed.