• Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Themes:fire starting, politics, family issues, arson, pyromaniac
  • Available:09/01/2012
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:2.7
  • Lexile:HL560L
  • ATOS:3.7
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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.

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

"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."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"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."
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"This title is fast-paced, and will hold readers' attention from start to finish."
– Library Media Connection
"A gripping story about taboo behavior."
– VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Magazine
Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) Literary Awards - Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature   | 2012  |  Short-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2013  |  Commended

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