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Burning Up

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,039 ratings  ·  91 reviews
This is a story rife with fire. In Shell Beach, where teenaged Macey Clare divides her life between her busy parents and her sweet-natured grandparents, neighbors gather around driftwood bonfires. Arson in the inner-city church where Macey volunteers leaves her asking why life should be so hard for some people--a question that becomes more urgent when her new friend Venita ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published 2000 by MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS (first published January 1st 1999)
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Erika
OK, so, I went into a "mystery/thriller" phase back in middle school, and Caroline B. Cooney is the woman to go to. Out of all the books I read of hers, this is my most favorite. That and the "Time" series. The "Time" series is her romance series and they are my faves of hers too. Happy reading!!
Debbie
Aug 23, 2012 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA middle school and high school
Macey is a 15 year old high school student. She's given an assignment by her teacher to find and report on a piece of history that took place in her small Connecticut hometown. She contemplates different topics but before her decision is made she experiences a life altering accident and tragedy. She is asked to volunteer along with fellow classmates at an inner city church where she meets one of the residents, Venita, they know each other for a total of 2 hours when an arsonist strikes and the c ...more
Maggie61
I started reading this thinking it would be similar to other Caroline Cooney books I had read, but was surprised at the depth of the storyline here. Macey can`t leave the mystery of a fire that happened 38 years ago alone. While it was only what originally seemed to be just a barn fire, it ended up being the home of the first black teacher in the area and the intent of the arson was to drive the teacher away. No one wants to talk about the fire, everyone has conveniently forgotten the fire happe ...more
Joey Anders
The book "Burning Up" is a novel which shows the life of a teenage girl named Macey who survived a terrible fire and lost a lot of her hair and has to continue her life as normal as possible. Carol B. Cooney chose to use the event of losing her hair to symbolize the feeling of losing something that characterizes you as the person you are. For instance if I were to lose all of my hair I would be devastated and feel self conscious about it and try not to let anyone see where she embraces it and th ...more
Kylie Rhoads
Burning Up was an okay book over-all. I thought the book was very predictable for a mystery. I could easily infer what was going to happen, and in a mystery I would like more surprise then this book. The point of view changed through out the book very randomly, which got confusing, and hard to follow. I would never read this book if it wasn't required for my book club. My book club had very different opinions about the book and it made a very good argument about where the book was going. I do no ...more
Nik The
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I had heard of the author and was excited to finally be able to experience one of her works.
What really happened? The most boring and agrivating literature classes of my life.
I really don't like Macey. Her obsession with Austin, her constant complaining. Thank God for Mr. Sibley calling her out in the end.
I am slightly reluctant to post this short semi-review. The book isn't even my genre, that title belongs to Speculative Fiction. As much as I, to be
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Emily Baro
I really liked this book. When I read the back of this book I knew right away I wanted to read this. I would recommend this book to some that like mysteries and can hold a good argument about a book. My book club group had all different opinion and stances. The theme of this book can have many lessons one of the themes is never keep a secret from someone that the secret can ruin your relationship. Another lesson is if someone saying to stop something important to you keep going. Never stop insti ...more
Shakeiamiles
The name of the book I read is called burning up by caroline b.cooney this book is non-fiction.this story takesz place in a dark place over in the connecticut.
This book is about a 15-year old girl named macey clare and she loved going out 2 her quite beautiful hometown and thatz were her grandparentz lived and also were her mother grew up at,she liked going over there but she really likes going over there now that this boy name name austin has moved in with his grandparents.but one day macey ha
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John

This is an older children's/YA novel, and I wish there'd been more of this kind of stuff around when I was a kid. Young Macey lives in the swanky Connecticut burb that's been home to her family for generations. As a school project, she decides to delve into the history of a local burnt-out barn . . . and is surprised to run into a wall of adult hostility to the notion. It could have ended there -- why rock the boat? -- but Macey's attitudes mature quite a lot when she and a few classmates visit
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Jamesspillett Spillett
I thought this book was ok. I didn't think this book had a real good problem. I think they could have put some more problems in it. The only two problems in the story is that one macey cant find out a story about an arson that happened 20 years ago to a black man and that the boy she likes is helping her and in the end he moves away back to his parents house. I wish they had put more "action" in the story. The only Heart raising thing that happened through out the whole story is in the beginning ...more
Victoria
This is a great book that mixed teen life with a serious issue. It kept me interested the whole time.

Macey Clare feels comfortable in her home town, although it isn't always fun being shunted back and forth between her two sets of hovering grandparents, who live near her. But between hanging out with her two good friends, attending annual barbacues on the beach, and getting to know cute classmate Austin better, her life seems fine.

Then, for a school project, Macey starts investigating the story
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Joseph
I stumbled upon this book the other day when moving some Christmas decorations (I had gotten it I think in middle school, back when the thought of internet use in the 1990's didn't make me laugh); I'm glad I did.

Now, this book is young adult fiction, and is clearly written for a younger audience (in other words, it isn't Shakespeare). That said, it's still a great story, and, as one reviewer put it, Cooney shows an "outstanding command of emotional tension," and this aspect of her writing makes
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David Barajas
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Timothy Ackerson
A girl needs a topic for a history paper and she thinks about the old abandom burned down barn. She meets a boy and they both end up reserching the barn and such but somone dose not want them snooping aorund.So they go on an adventure about mystery and finding out the truth with a violent twist.

The characters kept the story going too, they where vividly described and hearing them think and act keep you on edge and you never knew what they where going to do next, very unberdictable.

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Runa
It's been a while since I read all of Caroline B. Cooney's books, but thankfully, this was as good as her previous works. I was apprehensive going into this book, knowing it was going to deal with race and unsure how well it would be able to do that. Overall, I'm pleased. I mean, honestly, any book that even acknowledges racism as a THING is doing it right, without pretending it's only a thing that happened in the past. I was worried that it would quickly get turned into a white savior story, wi ...more
Lynn
In my opinion I wasn't a big fan of Burning Up. The story didn't appeal to me how I would've hoped it would, I thought that there was going to be one main mystery/ conflict but in the end it turned out to be two. I probably wouldn't read this book again or buy it since I wasn't really a fan, but I would recommend this to anyone who likes historical books or mystery books. The theme of the book I'd have to say would be never keep secrets from anyone close to you, it can effect you and everyone ar ...more
Martin. A
I didnt like this book so much even though thing iough I love mystery sotories. But at the time I did like at the in some parts when the author makes a pretty good imagery thats why I putted 4 stars, because if not the only thin g on the storie would be about the main character named macey resolving the mystery, I really dont like that. But in the story there are some parts where the story gets to the top when they are trying to solve the mystery and start blaming a guy really intense thats wher ...more
Levina  C.
This is a great book with an important message.
In this novel, a young woman named Macey has chosen to research an ancient fire in her neighborhood that destroyed a barn where someone lived, forty years ago, for her history assignment. She's amazed and puzzled when everyone she asks either has no information or records of the fire or refuses to talk to her about it.
Macey is determined to solve the mystery of who set the fire-because when she discovers who the occupant of the barn was at the time,
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Hayley
Very much written for the "YA" audience, and a bit dated for modern readers... but still valuable for teaching tolerance awareness of the the race/ class differences that still exists today. It would be good for a young teen to read. As an adult, I was a little bored, but since it was a free book, I can't complain too much!
Rolando Pimentel
I learned several things in this book. for example, i learned that Macey has a project to do and she decides to do it about a fire that happened in 1959.Also, when she begins to study about the past fire she ask her grandmother about it and she replies as if she did not even know that the fire happened and acted as if she did not recall that event. In addition, the more she studies about the fire the more people start to deny what happened and act suspicious. People start telling Macey to not br ...more
Wolf
Feb 16, 2010 Wolf rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wolf by: sister
I really liked the plot and the message, but as for the writing... The imagery was great, as was the dialogue, but sometimes Cooney just seemed to jump around too much. For instance, one character could be talking about one thing, and then randomly jump to another. There were no hints that they had been thinking of anything else, either. It was like some need to get back to the point was driving the dialogue, rather than letting the events come as a part of the story.

But that was only at parts.
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fab
Burning Up by Caroline B. Cooney is not one of my favorite books. The main character, Macey pursuits the same question throughout the whole book, what is the connection with a barn fire that happened like 40 years ago and a girl that she had known for only two hours who died trying to stop gang members from shooting near a church? She overreacts and has all this emotion towards finding the connection even though even if she finds out it won't change anything. The worst part is you already find o ...more
Arthur
This book was really good to read. It had a decent amount of details could of used a little more about where it got on fire and ow it did.

when Macy was around 8 years old her mother died and the father left them before she passed away. So the grandparents took Macy back to there house near her old house and lived there. when Macy was 15 years old she was so interested about learning fire when there grandparents barn was caught on fire and killed lots of livestock in the barn. then she starts in
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Sabr!na
This book was short, yet packed with important lessons about bravery, family, racism, facing up to the truth, and standing up for what you believe in. The down to earth way the book was written helps you easily see how to relate these things to your own life while still giving you the enriching experience of catharsis that you can only get by reading an captivating novel. It challenges you, like the character Macey was challenged, to change your life by finding the truth, and then to teach other ...more
Rachel
This book surprised me. I didn't expect much when I picked it up and even throught the first third of the book I was expecting just a little light reading. I soon discovered it is a thought provoking story that has one asking yourself "am I doing all I can to not be judgemental, and to eliminate hate and intolerance around me?" I would love to have a book club with some teenage girls I know but afraid it could potentially lead to some iflammatory discussions (pun intended. I would recommend this ...more
Brittney
I actually read this book in Middle School. I just thought of it again recently and wanted to look it up on here. This was one of the books I read in school that I actually enjoyed reading, I devoured this book in only a couple of sittings, which is saying a lot for an eight grader doing her homework.

I very vaguely remember all of the meat in the plot of this book, but I do remember most of it, and I remember that it greatly impacted the way that I look at the world. It really did help me throug
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Bobaloi
Sep 25, 2009 Bobaloi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My Friends
Recommended to Bobaloi by: No One
Burning Up

Burning Up is a good book if you like mystery and action books this is the one for you. “Austin. Well, I’ve thought about it.” “You can’t think about a crush. You have one, or you don’t have one.” This is Macey the main character and a person named Venita. Macey is a kind and nice person it seems she is nice to everyone and everyone likes her back and there’s nothing bad to say about her. I’m still reading the book and I have nothing bad to say about it. Poor Macey she has to go to sch
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Anna
Not what I was expecting at all, but it was pretty good still. Another quick read.
Daydreemer5696
Dec 16, 2009 Daydreemer5696 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Daydreemer5696 by: stranger I've never met before
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Patrick
This book was pretty good. It was about a girl named Macey Clare researching about a fire that occurred in her town. While she was researching about it, no one wanted her to know the truth. As she does more research, she finds out surprising information. My favorite part in this book was when Macey and her friends go to the Good Shepherd church to paint the church. When they were painting, there was a fire. That fire made Macey want to research about the fire that occurred in her town even more. ...more
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