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The Boy in the Burning House [Paperback]

Tim Wynne-Jones
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reader will be panting for breath. July 12 2004
Everyone in the tiny Canadian farming community knows that Ruth Rose, despite being the preacher's step-daughter, is a crazy-bad girl. So who is Jim Hawkins to say otherwise?
When Ruth Rose surprises Jim while he's taking down a beaver dam on his farm one day he thinks she's playing some sort of elaborate game on him. She has been spying on Jim and his mother for long enough to know both of their schedules. Freaky. Even freakier, Ruth-Rose insists that Jim's father, Hub, who's been missing for a year, is dead. And not just dead, murdered --- by Ruth Rose's step-father, Father Fisher, to be exact.
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.
THE BOY IN THE BURNING HOUSE is a fast paced, thrilling ride that begins
quietly and builds intensity as the pages fly by. At its center, is Jim Hawkins, a completely average young guy who finds he can no longer place his faith in his knowledge of the world. And with only Ruth Rose to help him piece together all the mysteries, Jim feels as if he's gotten into something he can't control. He knows he must find the truth or he won't have a future.
Tim Wynne-Jones sets his tale in the most unlikely of places --- a quiet, isolated town in rural Ontario --- and plops the reader into boiling emotions and the swift moving currents of events both past and present. The result is a wild plot filled with suspense. The reader will be panting for breath as Jim gets caught up in a series of events he cannot fathom or control until the story ends!
--- Reviewed by Cassia Van Arsdale
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boy in the Burning House Lights the Pages Sept. 24 2003
By A Customer
The Boy in the Burning House is what you would call a "junior mystery". A small murder that grabs your attention, but doesn't "scare you silly". This 215-page book is a great young readers novel. Good ages to read this book are from ages 11 to 14. Teenagers and adults, I don't recommend this book to you. The Boy in the Burning House really grabs your attention and keeps you asking "What is going to happen next?". I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery, and is in between ages 11 and 14. I give this book four-stars because it was a good well-written book. Tim Wynne-Jones is a talented author who knows how to get young people reading. I would recommend his other books, including, The Maestro, Stephen Fair, Lord of the Fries and Other Stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Dad and Son Oct. 8 2002
By Kent
Just through reading this with my 12 year old son. Really enjoyed it -- it was all I could do to stop myself from reading ahead after he had hit the sack.
I thought the author did a very nice job of painting both adults and kids as both heroic and flawed at the same time. The interactions between the hero and heroine are very realisticly written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for older readers Jan. 4 2002
Tim Wynne-Jones' Boy In The Burning House tells of a boy who is still struggling with his father's disappearance when a schoolmate reveals that the local pastor has murdered him. A dangerous investigation begins which draws him into mental illness and possible realities: recommended for older readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK! Dec 14 2003
By A Customer
This awesome book is almost un-stoppable to put down. It has a bunch of details that make a perfect picture in your mind, as you are reading.
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