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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: fire starting, family issues, politics
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2012
Fry Reading Level: 2.7
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Ever since he was small, Franklin has been soothed by fire. Staring into the flames helps Franklin forget his problems. And right now, he's got a lot to forget. Franklin's mother has left the family home to be with her hairdresser boyfriend. Franklin's father, the mayor of Montreal West, is too busy worrying about his public image to do anything about the family. As a rash of local fires competes with upcoming elections for media attention, Franklin's father has to work hard to keep the public happy. And Franklin has to reconsider his romance with fire.

CM Magazine
"An enjoyable read...The characters are likeable, easy to relate to, and well-drawn, especially the good-hearted Franklin and strong-willed Tracy. The plot is fast-paced and compelling and will hook both male and female readers."
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"A solid coming-of-age story...Its simple plot and language make it accessible to many readers, especially English Language Learners and reluctant young teens. The simplicity of the story does not take away from the depth of the issues or characters."
Library Media Connection
"This title is fast-paced, and will hold readers' attention from start to finish."
VOYA
"A gripping story about taboo behavior."

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Quebec Writer's Federation Prize nominee  | 2012 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books  | 2013 | Commended

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