Kerosene by Chris Wooding
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Note: The copy I have is a hardcover Follettbound book. Other copies with the same ISBN number may be paperback. Cal's got this thing about fire. It's nothing big at first, just lighting matches, watching them burn, enjoying the calming effects of the flame. It helps him cope with life. Then he meets Abby, and things start to get out of control. He lets her get close, and she winds him up, playing with him until he thinks he might lose his mind. Suddenly the matches aren't enough. So Cal comes up with another plan. A bigger plan. Nothing will ever touch him again...

About Chris Wooding

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Chris Wooding is the author of the Broken Sky series, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in the U.S. alone, and "The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray," which won the Silver Smarties Award.
Published January 1, 1999 by Scholastic Inc.. 195 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction

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The majority of the third-person narrative takes Cal's point of view, but occasionally slips awkwardly and abruptly into other characters' (e.g., when Emma stalks Cal at a club;

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