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The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones
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Nov 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: english-420

Genre/Category: Required Reading

When 14-year-old Jim's father disappears, he tries to move on with his life. One day, a girl named Ruth Rose tries to convince Jim that her step-father Father, the local pastor, is the murder. After a chain of events, Jim begins to believe Ruth Rose may be telling the truth, endangering both of their lives as they try to run from Father while revealing the truth of the past.

This book was extremely thrilling for me to read. At one point when Father was trying to break into the house, I felt like I was watching a scary movie and made sure all the lights were on in my apartment so I wouldn't get scared. Wynne-Jones is a talented writer that is able to engulf his readers through his unpredictable plots. Young adults would especially love to read his work because the teens in the novel seem to be in charge, and it's up to them to solve the mystery.

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