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Fighting Fire Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Paul conveys the emotions of both fear of and attraction to danger that she believes drive dedicated firefighters.
From School Library Journal
YA-When Paul graduated from Stanford, her degree in journalism and her application to graduate school seemed to indicate a career path other than the one she actually took. On the spur of a moment, she decided to apply for a position as a firefighter and go through the testing and training required, planning to use the firsthand information as material she could talk and write about. She then chose on firefighting as a career. Her journalistic training results in a readable writing style that's filled with description and action. Important moments become alive with emotion and clearly defined details; the dangers inherent in the job, as well as the courage and bravery and physical and mental strength are all in evidence. The author is quick to point out the many difficulties about being a female firefighter, along with the positive aspects. Not only must she continually prove to her coworkers that she can indeed do the job well; she must also prove it to herself. Her easy-to-read narrative that's filled with real action and true situations should appeal to young adults. Paul presents herself and all firefighters, male or female, as dedicated professionals who put their lives on the line everyday.
Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
SF has unusual challenges to the firefighter, such as: tall, steep roofs on crazy-quilt 3-story buildings; lead and other toxics from the 19th Century; crazy people getting into chemical problems, and so much more.
Quite an intellectual memoir, unusual in this genre. An objective account and interesting reading, even if you disagree with the current bureaucratic fire hierarchy and their "fire brigade" ideas.
I'm doing this book as my book-club-book. I've told the members to read either this edition, or the revised one.