The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Arthur Ellis Award Winner
Edgar Award Nominee

Two years after his father's mysterious disappearance, Jim Hawkins is barely coping. Inside, he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. Then he meets Ruth Rose, the punky, bad-girl stepdaughter of Jim's father's childhood friend, the town pastor. Ruth shocks Jim when she calls Father Fisher a murderer.

 

About Tim Wynne-Jones

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Tim Wynne-Jones has won numerous awards for his work, including an Edgar Award, the Governor General's Literary Award, and a Boston Globe?Horn Book Award. He is a faculty member at Vermont College, teaching courses in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. He is the author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including the novel The Uninvited and the popular Rex Zero books. Tim Wynne-Jones lives in Ontario with his family.
 
Published September 8, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 224 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"The author builds an action-packed thriller around the mysterious disappearance of a Canadian farmer as his son digs into the past to reveal a succession of secrets," said PW .

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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.

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Jim doesn't want to believe Ruth Rose, but when the crazy-bad girl tells him about a fire that links Father and Hub, he begins to think that maybe Ruth Rose isn't completely insane in this case and that there may be a connection between the long-ago fire and his father's disappearance.

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