Burning Up by Caroline B. Cooney

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Fifteen-year-old Macey Clare loves her Connecticut hometown, where her mother grew up and her grandparents still live, and she likes visiting her grandparents even more now that their neighbors’ handsome grandson, Austin, has moved in.
 
But when Macey decides to research the history of a burned-out barn across the street from her grandparents’ home for a school report, she gets a shock about what happened. Nobody can change the past, but is Macey ready to take the responsibility for the present and in the process reveal dark secrets about her town and the people she loves?

 

About Caroline B. Cooney

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CAROLINE B. COONEY is the bestselling author of more than thirty young adult books, including the million-copy plus bestseller, The Face on the Milk Carton.
 
Published August 29, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 230 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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When Venita is killed trying to protect a little girl from a gang, Macey grieves and begins to question seriously the chasm of hate between blacks and whites.

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Macey senses a connection between a 1959 barn fire and an arsonist's attack on an inner-city church.

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What does a 1959 barn fire in Macey's affluent Connecticut town have to do with an arsonist's attack on an inner-city church where she and classmates volunteer one day?

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A novel filled with fire, it tells the story of Macey Clare, a 15-year-old who lives in a nice white town in Connecticut with her nice family, goes to school and even has a nice relationship with the nice boy across the street.

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