Fourteen-year-old Jim Hawkins's father, Hub, has disappeared, and Ruth Rose, the pastor's stepdaughter, tries to convince him that Fisher killed Hub. If that possibility isn't unsavory enough, Jim discovers that his dad and Fisher were both involved in a fire that killed another teenage boy 30 years before. It is the unraveling of this long-hidden mystery that gives The Boy in the Burning House its page-turning edginess. As Jim investigates his father's past, his memories of a gentle and morally upright father are twisted out of shape. "He felt like he was burning up," Wynne-Jones writes, "and there was a boy inside him hammering to get out into the air."
As the novel roars towards its conclusion, some of its psychological richness and narrative consistency are sacrificed to fast-paced action sequences. Fisher's midnight stalking of Jim and Ruth Rose is as terrifying as Jack Nicholson's frenzied house crawl in The Shining, but Wynne-Jones never fully explains how Fisher became a monster. The Boy in the Burning House is a great read, but one that starts to wobble like a house of cards once the thrills are over. --Lisa Alward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The title of the book is The Boy in the Burning House, the author is Tim Wynne-Jones. Jim Hawnkins lost his father two years ago and Jim doesn't know how. Read morePublished on February 11, 2005
This awesome book is almost un-stoppable to put down. It has a bunch of details that make a perfect picture in your mind, as you are reading.Published on December 14, 2003
The Boy in the Burning House is what you would call a "junior mystery". A small murder that grabs your attention, but doesn't "scare you silly". Read morePublished on September 24, 2003
Just through reading this with my 12 year old son. Really enjoyed it -- it was all I could do to stop myself from reading ahead after he had hit the sack. Read morePublished on October 8, 2002 by Kent