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Firegirl by Tony Abbott
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Jul 19, 11

bookshelves: 2011, audiobook, middle-grade
Read in July, 2011

Jessica Feeny, a burn victim, joins Tom's 7th grade class. The students are upset about her appearance and aren't quite sure how to react to her. Almost by accident, Tom and Jessica become friends and help each learn what it means to be kind and generous.

This was kind of a weird read -- it's a fairly short story and it really doesn't have a lot of plot. I did not, however, find it an effective portrayal of life in 7th grade. The students have names like Darlene, Jessica, Tom, Courtney and Jeff. They also attend Catholic school and sit in alphabetical order. I assumed that the book was set in the 1970s until the narrator, Tom, mentions using the 'Net to find information.

I really didn't care for the book and I probably wouldn't recommend it to students. While it's a good lesson in compassion and kindness, it just didn't quite work. I feel bad giving it 2 stars but I just didn't really like the story or characters very much.
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