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The boy in the burning house : a novel /
by Tim Wynne-Jones.
Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, c2000.
230 p. ; 21 cm.
0888994109 (pbk.) :
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Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, c2000.
0888994109 (pbk.) :
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A Groundwood book.
Trying to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance from their rural Canadian community, fourteen-year-old Jim gets from the disturbed Ruth Rose, who suspects her stepfather, a local pastor.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Arthur Ellis Awards, CAN, 2001 : Won
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, GBR, 2005 : Nominated
SCASL Book Award (South Carolina), USA, 2005 : Nominated
Young Reader's Choice Award, USA, 2004 : Nominated
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-09-24:
Wynne-Jones (Stephen Fair) builds an action-packed thriller around the mysterious disappearance of a Canadian farmer. Although Hub Hawkins's body was never found, most members of his small community believe he committed suicide. His son, Jim, starts to suspect foul play, however, after a teenage acquaintance, "crazy" Ruth Rose, makes some startling accusations. She insists that her stepfather, Eldon Fisher, a highly respected minister, is really a murderer. In order to find out if the pastor was really responsible for his father's death, Jim must first dig into the past and solve another mystery involving a boy a childhood friend of both Hub and Eldon Fisher who died in a burning house. Beginning on an ominous note with Jim's fateful meeting with Ruby, this eerie novel grows darker with the revelation of each succeeding secret. While the roles of Father Fisher and his wild-spirited stepdaughter are somewhat over-dramatized, the protagonist's character remains authentic, and the swift-moving plot will keep the pages turning. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Quill & Quire, September 2000
Globe & Mail, October 2000
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