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A House Afire

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Phyllis Sorin has seen all sorts of people. With two kind Aunts who rent out the rooms of their house to anyone in need, the people she calls family are a little different from most. There's Bill, who takes on the personalities of movie characters. There's Quincy, whose best friend is a drag queen. There's Anna, an opera singer and kung-fu master. And Phyllis, well, she's

Paperback, 506 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by America Star Books
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Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having known the author for 20 years, I was worried about reading and reviewing this. Was it perfect? No. But I couldn't help finding myself wanting to get to bed early so I had more time to read it each night. It took me a while to become acquainted with the large cast of characters and the lack of chapters. I persisted. Otherwise, I loved the story and the themes and enjoyed it. It was definitely more than OK anything the author will tell you about the book's flaws. (If you know me, you probab ...more
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: older teenagers, people that have attended RFA, or those that know Kinna
Recommended to Anatole by: the newspaper and Emma herself.
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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
A House Afire is a difficult book to surmise. It chronicles the life of Phyllis Sorin, a 14, turning 15, year old girl who lives in a large house with her aunts and the various characters that they board. The family is eccentric to say the least and Phyllis has this strange little ability to breathe fire.

I’ll be completely honest and say that I didn’t enjoy A House Afire. It took me forever to finish because I just couldn’t get into it. By page 100, it was picking up a little and it wasn’t so ba
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, paranormal, ya
was asked by the author to review her book a little while ago. I apologize that it took me so long to get this review up. Well anyway on to the long awaited review......

I LOVED the characters in this book! They were all extremely original....not an ounce of "cliche" to be found anywhere with the characters. I especially loved the main character Phyllis. She's written in a way that makes her very real with a rich honest voice. Even going through that weird teen stage where she feels weird and un
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
A House Afire was a lot better than I expected. The only review I read for it was not very good and I was kind of skeptical when I first started reading it. It was a big book and I just didn't know how I would get through it if I didn't like it. Lucky for me, I did like it!

Phyllis Sorin has a secret. She can breathe fire. It's not something she can share with people and it makes life a bit difficult, especially as a teenager. At the end of her eighth grade year she has no friends and nothing to
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
A good friend of mine actually wrote this novel, and I am very, very proud of her. Publishing a novel is a huge accomplishment, one that I have dreamed of achieving for years now, and I have to admit to a pang of jealousy. However, I am sure that I will be there someday. Anyway, as clear as it is that Kinna spent a long time writing this novel and really devoted a lot of time to it, it is not as strong as it could be and does not meet its potential. There is a great deal of dialogue in the story ...more
La Femme Readers
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
A House Afire was unique, fun loving and creative. Emma's writing is detailed and conversational. However, at times it would get quite wordy which dragged the plot. The characters introduced were very well developed with eccentric personalities. They definitely did not fit the stereotype of normalcy. Phyllis, the main character, has an extraordinary gift that I've never seen before, hence the book cover ;) Don't worry I didn't spoil anything, it explains her ability with fire in the first few pa ...more
Emma Kinna
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: amazing-ya-s
This book is big, but full of fun stories and characters. It's about Phyllis Sorin, a teenage girl just learning the ways of the high school world. Meanwhile, her home life is a very different story. She lives in the midst of an eccentric group of renters, some of which are close enough to her to know about her secret ability...and some who have their own secrets. We follow Phyllis as she advises, snoops, avenges, and falls in love. The fictional and the bizarre become the norm in this book abou ...more
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, young-adult
I thought this was a good read, a surprising one too. I really liked Sid, I found his relationship to Phyllis quite intriguing. A House Afire was, I think a very coming of age story. About learning about yourself and finding oneself. Fast, mysterious and creative world. Emma's writing was a delight to read. I loved the cast of characters. All of them were interesting, really something for everyone in this book. I do think the book was a bit long, but definitely worth the read.
Kate Chien
Jan 26, 2010 marked it as to-read
I haven't read it yet, but let me just say - I KNOW THIS AUTHOR!!!!!! Really, I know her personally. She used to watch me when I was little and she still comes over sometimes to hang out. Her parents work with my parents. It is so cool to be able to say that I know an author
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first published novel by a good friend and colleague's daughter.
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Emma Kinna was born and raised in Upstate New York, where she currently attends college, does yoga, and works on promoting her YA novel, "A House Afire."
She plans on becoming a Foreign Service Officer, Librarian, Museum Curator, Beach-resider, World-Traveler, Magazine Editor, and Super Spy in the very near future. Take a look at her blog, or leave a message on her facebook fan page, "A House Afir
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