The Boy in the Burning House

Tim Wynne-Jones

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Two years after his father's mysterious disappearance, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely. Underneath, he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. What did happen to his father? Is he dead or just gone? Then Jim meets Ruth Rose. Moody, provocative, she's the bad-girl stepdaughter of Father Fisher, Jim's father's childhood friend and the town pastor, and she shocks Jim out of his stupor when she tells him her stepfather is a murderer. "Don't you want to know who he murdered?" she asks. Jim doesn't. Ruth Rose is clearly crazy -- a sixteen-year-old misfit. Yet something about her fierce conviction pierces Jim's shell. He begins to burn with a desire for the truth, until it becomes clear that it may be more unsettling than he can bear. What is the real meaning of the strange prayers Father Fisher intones behind the door of his private sanctuary? Why does Ruth Rose suddenly disappear? And what really happened thirty years ago when a boy died in a burning house?
 
The Boy in the Burning House is the winner of the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.

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"Wynne-Jones builds an action-packed thriller around the mysterious disappearance of a Canadian farmer . . . His son, Jim, starts to suspect foul play . . . after a teenage acquaintance, "crazy" Ruth Rose, makes some startling accusations . . . Will keep the pages turning." --Publishers Weekly

"Wynne-Jones weaves a strong, sensitively observed cast, plus themes of inner conflict, unlikely friendships, and the enduring power of hate, into a powerful tale." --Kirkus Reviews

"A gripping, fast-moving plot that offers the pure adrenaline rush of a thriller." --Starred, The Horn Book

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Tim Wynne-Jones

Tim Wynne-Jones’s critically acclaimed fiction includes Some of the Kinder Planets, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for fiction. He lives in Perth, Ontario.

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The Boy in the Burning House
Tim Wynne-Jones

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American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers, Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2003
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ISBN: 9780374408879
ISBN10: 0374408874
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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