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Wildfire!

Elizabeth Starr Hill; Pictures by Rob Shepperson

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A rivalry, a rescue

Big-mouth Elliott, who has recently arrived from a city up north, considers Ben a "backwoods boy" and looks down his nose at folks in their rural Florida town. To make matters worse, Elliott is the one who gets the dog that Ben's neighbor puts up for adoption -- the one Ben had his heart set on. In spite of being jealous and resentful, Ben can't stop himself from trying to win Elliott's approval, and he does something very stupid, very dangerous, on a bone-dry Fourth of July evening, when fireworks have been banned because of the fire risk.

Illustrated with vivid wash-and-line drawings, this dramatic small-town story builds to a gripping conclusion as a boy races against time to make up for his own big mistake.

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Wildfire!
1Ben took one more biscuit, slathered it with Goomby's wild-orange marmalade, and stuffed it into his mouth. His grandparents had already finished breakfast. Goomby, his great-grandmother, had eaten just a few quick bites, and was through. Smiling, she asked Ben, "Want more?"He shook his head. They put all the dishes in the sink and joined Grandpa in the living room.Grandpa was watching the TV news. The pictures on the screen were scary. They showed orange and red flames crackling through trees, torching giant pines as though they were toothpicks. The weather had been very hot and
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REVIEWS

Praise for Wildfire!

"This short chapter book is an attractive choice for young readers." -- Booklist

"The straightforward prose maintains a healthy vigor, peppering the narrative with believable dialogue and apt, occasionally fresh descriptions. A sure sell to readers just beginning to embark on longer literary adventures." -- The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"Satisfying." -- The Horn Book Magazine

"This short chapter book is an attractive choice for young readers." -- Booklist

"The straightforward prose maintains a healthy vigor, peppering the narrative with believable dialogue and apt, occasionally fresh descriptions. A sure sell to readers just beginning to embark on longer literary adventures." -- The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"Satisfying." -- The Horn Book Magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Elizabeth Starr Hill; Pictures by Rob Shepperson

  • Elizabeth Starr Hill is the author of many books for young readers, including Chang and the Bamboo Flute, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Winter Park, Florida.

    Rob Shepperson is a popular editorial artist for many newspapers and magazines. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
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Wildfire!

Elizabeth Starr Hill; Pictures by Rob Shepperson

Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List
  • e-Book

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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