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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152165622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152165628
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,604,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—In Streams of Babel (Harcourt, 2008), a terrorist organization poisoned the drinking water of a small New Jersey town. Fire Will Fall begins two months after the events in that book. The four surviving teens have been released from the hospital but are not yet out of danger. Suffering from chronic health problems and under threat from those members of ShadowStrike who evaded capture, they are taken to an isolated mansion near the Jersey shore where they can recuperate under 24-hour guard while scientists around the world race to find a cure for the deadly virus to which they were exposed. In the meantime, members of USIC are working around the clock to find the terrorist cell before its members can strike again with a new and even deadlier biological weapon. The compelling characters, dramatic situations, and page-turning pace of this thriller will keep readers enthralled right up to the climax.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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Scott, Owen, Cora, and Rain are the Trinity Four, teen survivors of a bioterrorist attack in Trinity Falls, New Jersey, that has left them famous in People magazine but also seriously ill and sequestered in a remote compound, where they receive intensive medical care and wait for the terrorists who planned the attack to be apprehended. The Four alternate narration, along with two other teen spies, also ill and hidden in another location, who hack into chat rooms and collect information on the terrorists. This thriller’s pacing is slow, considering the multiple narrators, the promising premise, and the elements of danger and espionage. Most of the story takes place over a few days in the spring following 9/11. After security is breached, and the hackers are announced dead in a house fire, figuring out whom to trust gets harder for everyone, including the reader, and the narrative picks up speed. Sexual tension and fragile relationships are part of the story as much as the terrorist hunt is, and the two couples’ fears about their own possible impending mortality will captivate a high-school audience. Grades 9-12. --Cindy Dobrez

More About the Author

Carol Plum-Ucci received one of the nation's top literary honors for her first novel, THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED, a suspense story set in the historic woods of Southern New Jersey. The novel received one of four Michael J. Printz Honor Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association, recognizing the best literature published for young adults. The novel also was a finalist in the Edgar Allan Poe Awards and was named to the Reader's International Children's Choice Awards List.

She is happy to report that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has purchased a SEQUEL TO THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED. It will be released in the spring of 2011. "For years, people asked if I would write a sequel. In fact, I don't think I've ever spoken for an audience where someone hasn't asked that," Plum-Ucci said. "I always said no because I couldn't think of anything good that would happen next. Well, one stormy Saturday night in the dead of winter, I got this totally hot idea and just went with it. It's a lot of years later, but I held out for artistic integrity--a story line that I knew would keep readers turning pages--and didn't try it just to piggy-back a book selling well. As the saying goes for me and HMH: 'We will sell no idea before its time.'"

The CREED SEQUEL focuses on Chris Creed's brother Justin, who, after four years have passed, is now 16. "The theme of bullying didn't carry over to this book--I'll be honest," Plum-Ucci said. "But that theme was always, to me, secondary to a relentless pursuit of truth theme, which engaged Torey Adams throughout. And that theme is still very present. I'm asking kids to look beyond what they can touch, see, smell--something they're not often asked to do by school districts, and I think it's both fun and important."

FIRE WILL FALL, a sequel to STREAMS OF BABEL was released by HMH in the spring of 2010. In STREAMS OF BABEL, terrorists poison the water supply in New Jersey (released in the spring of 2008), and in FIRE WILL FALL, the teenagers who drank the most WMD are fighting for their lives. "I think of FIRE as more of a character piece, so it surprised me pleasantly to see all the reviews coming in, calling it a page turner," Plum-Ucci said. Both books were immediately named Premiere Selections the Junior Library Guild upon release.

WHAT HAPPENED TO LANI GARVER, Plum-Ucci's second novel, is story of prejudice, friendship, popularity, tolerance, and individuality. The story raises a most important question: Might angels exist on earth? The novel has been selected as a featured book both in Seventeen Magazine and YM Magazine. It is named to the 2003 Best Books for Young Adults List, sponsored by the American Library Association, and is a 2004 Teen Top Ten nominee. It was nominated for the Michael L. Printz Awards for excellence in Young Adult Literature.

Plum-Ucci's third novel of THE SHE, was was nominated for BBYA (Best Books for Young Adults, The American Library Association) and received a starred review in Booklist. Her fourth novel, THE NIGHT MY SISTER WENT MISSING, was named a finalist in the Edgar Allan Poe Awards.

Plum-Ucci spent her childhood growing up on the barrier island of Brigantine, New Jersey, where her father was a funeral director. She lived overtop of the funeral home.

'My bedroom was such that if the floor were made of glass, I would have been gazing down into the face of a casket dweller,' she frequently tells audiences. 'When people ask me how I became a writer, I say it was in the middle of nights while growing up there.'

Plum-Ucci loves to tell her childhood funeral home antics, which have captivated teenage audiences across America.

She attended the Brigantine Public Schools, Atlantic City Friends School, and Holy Spirit High School, graduating in 1975. She earned her bachelor's degree in Communication from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1979. She attended Rutgers University and received her Master of Arts degree 2004.

Plum-Ucci worked as Staff Writer and Director of Publications for the Miss America Organization in Atlantic City from 1984 through 1999. She is the third generation of women in her family to contribute to Atlantic City's well-known fanfare. Her mother, Ellen Plum, was the first woman President, and her paternal grandmother, Ads Plum, was a member of the Hostess Committee.
She retired from corporate employ in June of 1999, 'about two days after my advance arrived for The Body of Christopher Creed,' she says. 'I loved being part of something historical like Miss America, and I have many great memories of working there. But I'd spent many years trying to become a published novelist, and I wanted to started enjoying that lifestyle as quickly as possible."

Her husband Rick owns the Ucci Piano Service. Together, they love gardening, going to the Margate Beach in the summers, watching Academy Award winning movies, and raising their daughter, Abbey.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 16, 2010
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What a great read. FIRE WILL FALL was just great fun, although I have to complain a little about it keeping me up too late at night. In fact, the tension was so great at one point that I had to resolve not to read the book too close to bedtime because it was freaking me out.

The story is a follow-up to a previous book --Streams of Babel-- that I haven't read, but which I am definitely going to track down. It's principally about 4 teenagers who are recovering from a poisoning that took place in the previous book where terrorists dumped toxic bio-hazards into their small town's water supply. Most of these teens lost parents and friends, and they are still barely surviving on a pharmaceutical cocktail of meds that have some odd side effects. They are brought to a restored house to recover with the assurance that they are out of danger from the terrorists. 'Dogs don't return to their vomit', they are told. BUT unfortunately that doesn't turn out to be the case as they just happen to have been settled near the next target site.

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I don't do "terrorists/spy" books, and I don't do popular thrillers (no Dan Brown for me), but maybe I should broaden my reading and take a look at more books in this genre, because I really enjoyed FIRE WILL FALL. I thought Plum-Ucci did a fabulous job with building tension and with differentiating the characters. In fact, I guess that's why I like the book: I got hooked on the characters and how they interacted. The mind-tingling excitement of trying to figure out who would die, was just delicious icing on that cake!

All good things said, this shouldn't be a book you pick up when your exhausted because the chapters are divided amongst 6 points of view, and first person at that.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on July 25, 2010
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After slogging through a few hundred pages, I could not bring myself to care enough to finish the book. The initial premise is cool. Four teens recovering from a bio-terrorist attack go to a backwoods mansion in NJ to further heal and face unseen threats. I did not read the first book, and perhaps my opinion would be completely different if I had.

My major problem with the book was just that it was boring. The biggest thing that happened in a few hundred pages is two characters stole away to an amusement park and took pictures. (Oooooh, be still my racing heart.) I could not get into the characters. I actually didn't care what happened to them. They're constantly harping on things that happened in the previous book, which is fine, but there's no progression or insight gained for all of what I read, which was most of the book. The narration skips from one to another, which I like, but the voices weren't unique enough until about 3/4 of the way through. Cora and Rain blended into each other, Owen and Scott did the same.

The problem could be with me. I tend toward fantasy and science fiction stories where people die a lot and the conflicts affect the rise and fall of planets and civilizations. So, when I say I was bored with the "action" in the book, that could just be a matter of degree.
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By J. Rager on July 1, 2014
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I had read "Streams of Babel" and thought it was okay, but I don't have the ability to NOT read the second book in a series, so I had to read this one. I found it to be a much better book, and could pretty much stand alone if a reader chose to skip "Streams of Babel." The plot moved a lot faster, yet realistically in this book in my opinion. And there was lots of Tyler, who is probably my favorite character in the series so that was a good thing. My only complaints are that Owen is almost a completely different character from the one developed in the first book, and the last 40 pages of this book should have just completely been cut. The story was resolved and those pages, which would basically be an "epilogue" added nothing to the story, weren't consistent with what the characters had been doing up to that point, and basically just made me angry.
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Fire Will Fall is the sequel to Streams of Babel which I did not read, but the story was still easy to follow and enough background was provided to set a suspenseful tone and conflict. The series is about a group of teens who survived a bio-terrorist attack on the NY/NJ water system, and the two teen hackers who were responsible for discovering the identity of those terrorists. In Fire Will Fall the sick teens are in hiding receiving 24 hour medical care and protection. Doctors are hoping to keep them alive until a cure can be found for the virus that has made them gravely ill and killed members of their families. The hackers are also in hiding working, without government approval, to find out where the terrorists are hiding and what the terrorists are plotting for their next attack. There is much realistic fiction woven into the story as well, as each teen deals with emotional and family problems left unresolved because of the attack. All of the teens are very likeable and realistic and each deals with the trauma, grief and anxiety of their situation differently. Needless to say, the terrorists find out where the teens are, and the hackers find out what the next attack will be, and scary events and lots of action result. I appreciated that the problems, events, and consequences of the events, of Fire Will Fall were not all neatly wrapped at the end. Author, Caroline Plum-Ucci, includes in the story that the teens will be dealing with physical and emotional PTSD forever, but they can still strive for a happy life. We'll see if they get it in book three of the series.
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