Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


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.

Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML



Ben 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...


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

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.

Elizabeth Starr Hill

Elizabeth Starr Hill

Rob Shepperson

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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