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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

For Tom Bender, seventh grade isn't all that different from the grades that came before. He still attends a private Catholic school, St. Catherine's. He's still pretty much best friends with Jeff Hicks. He still loves the Cobra, a sports car that he spends plenty of tim...
For Tom Bender, seventh grade isn't all that different from the grades that came before. He still attends a private Catholic school, St. Catherine's. He's still pretty much best friends with Jeff Hicks. He still loves the Cobra, a sports car that he spends plenty of time dreaming about. The few things that are different this year? He has great teacher, Mrs. Tracy. Jeff's uncle actually owns a Cobra, and Jeff has promised Tom a ride in it. He's in love with Courtney Zisky, a girl he fantasizes about saving from make-believe situations on a daily basis. Oh, and Jessica Feeney shows up in his classroom.

The day starts out regular enough. Morning prayers, the announcement of a class election, and the impending arrival of a new girl in their class. And then things change more than anyone could have ever imagined, because Mrs. Tracy informs her students that Jessica, the new girl, is unlike anyone they've ever met before. Jessica was burned in a fire, a terrible, horrible tragedy, and she looks different than anyone these kids have ever seen. Tom has only a short time to think about what this means before she's there, the Firegirl, hideously disfigured yet someone how still wholly alive.

What follows in the few short weeks that Jessica Feeney is in his class has a life-changing impact on Tom's life. His friend's jokes and elaborate stories they've made up for how Jessica got burned no longer seem funny. His daydreams keeping slipping Courtney out and Jessica in. And during the class election, where Tom wanted to nominate Courtney so she'd know how he felt about her, he's unable to say anything at all. He takes Jessica her homework during one of her many school absences, and learns the truth behind how she was burned, and he cries because she's just a kid like he himself is. Even a ride in the Cobra, which Tom has been dreaming about for years, is pushed by the wayside.

FIREGIRL is the story of being different, of change, and of acceptance. There are no real happily-ever-afters in this book. Jessica isn't miraculously healed, Tom doesn't morph into a superhero or righter of all wrongs, and the students in Mrs. Tracy's class don't all learn that you can accept people who are different. Instead, this is the story of individual strength, of the internal struggle to balance what you know is right with what is wrong. A very inspiring story, indeed.

posted by TeensReadToo on October 28, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

An easy read

I thought this book was good, but it was kind of boring. This is a good book if you want a quick easy read (great for a book report). The plot was never really engaging, but i could relate to the characters easily. The book contains a wonderful message that we could all...
I thought this book was good, but it was kind of boring. This is a good book if you want a quick easy read (great for a book report). The plot was never really engaging, but i could relate to the characters easily. The book contains a wonderful message that we could all learn from.

posted by Anonymous on January 30, 2007

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    For Tom Bender, seventh grade isn't all that different from the grades that came before. He still attends a private Catholic school, St. Catherine's. He's still pretty much best friends with Jeff Hicks. He still loves the Cobra, a sports car that he spends plenty of time dreaming about. The few things that are different this year? He has great teacher, Mrs. Tracy. Jeff's uncle actually owns a Cobra, and Jeff has promised Tom a ride in it. He's in love with Courtney Zisky, a girl he fantasizes about saving from make-believe situations on a daily basis. Oh, and Jessica Feeney shows up in his classroom. <BR/><BR/>The day starts out regular enough. Morning prayers, the announcement of a class election, and the impending arrival of a new girl in their class. And then things change more than anyone could have ever imagined, because Mrs. Tracy informs her students that Jessica, the new girl, is unlike anyone they've ever met before. Jessica was burned in a fire, a terrible, horrible tragedy, and she looks different than anyone these kids have ever seen. Tom has only a short time to think about what this means before she's there, the Firegirl, hideously disfigured yet someone how still wholly alive. <BR/><BR/>What follows in the few short weeks that Jessica Feeney is in his class has a life-changing impact on Tom's life. His friend's jokes and elaborate stories they've made up for how Jessica got burned no longer seem funny. His daydreams keeping slipping Courtney out and Jessica in. And during the class election, where Tom wanted to nominate Courtney so she'd know how he felt about her, he's unable to say anything at all. He takes Jessica her homework during one of her many school absences, and learns the truth behind how she was burned, and he cries because she's just a kid like he himself is. Even a ride in the Cobra, which Tom has been dreaming about for years, is pushed by the wayside. <BR/><BR/>FIREGIRL is the story of being different, of change, and of acceptance. There are no real happily-ever-afters in this book. Jessica isn't miraculously healed, Tom doesn't morph into a superhero or righter of all wrongs, and the students in Mrs. Tracy's class don't all learn that you can accept people who are different. Instead, this is the story of individual strength, of the internal struggle to balance what you know is right with what is wrong. A very inspiring story, indeed.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Quick and Forgettable-Yet Pleasing

    FIREGIRL is a quick read. It has a great moral and realistic and entertaining characters. The characters are the best part of the book because they are easy to relate to and are very entertaining. My favortite type of book is a book like this, for these reasons: Good characters, simple and quick, well written and good realistic fiction. However, although it was a good, simple book, I thought the plot and conflicts were very hard to remember only because I remember the book as a whole, as 1 peice. The book as a whole was intresting and well written, however the plot was forgettable. Also good themes

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    wow

    I dont judge a book by its cover, but the cover looks truly amazing, and the story? Remarkable! a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    For Tom Bender, seventh grade isn't all that different from the grades that came before. He still attends a private Catholic school, St. Catherine's. He's still pretty much best friends with Jeff Hicks. He still loves the Cobra, a sports car that he spends plenty of time dreaming about. The few things that are different this year? He has great teacher, Mrs. Tracy. Jeff's uncle actually owns a Cobra, and Jeff has promised Tom a ride in it. He's in love with Courtney Zisky, a girl he fantasizes about saving from make-believe situations on a daily basis. Oh, and Jessica Feeney shows up in his classroom. The day starts out regular enough. Morning prayers, the announcement of a class election, and the impending arrival of a new girl in their class. And then things change more than anyone could have ever imagined, because Mrs. Tracy informs her students that Jessica, the new girl, is unlike anyone they've ever met before. Jessica was burned in a fire, a terrible, horrible tragedy, and she looks different than anyone these kids have ever seen. Tom has only a short time to think about what this means before she's there, the Firegirl, hideously disfigured yet someone how still wholly alive. What follows in the few short weeks that Jessica Feeney is in his class has a life-changing impact on Tom's life. His friend's jokes and elaborate stories they've made up for how Jessica got burned no longer seem funny. His daydreams keeping slipping Courtney out and Jessica in. And during the class election, where Tom wanted to nominate Courtney so she'd know how he felt about her, he's unable to say anything at all. He takes Jessica her homework during one of her many school absences, and learns the truth behind how she was burned, and he cries because she's just a kid like he himself is. Even a ride in the Cobra, which Tom has been dreaming about for years, is pushed by the wayside. FIREGIRL is the story of being different, of change, and of acceptance. There are no real happily-ever-afters in this book. Jessica isn't miraculously healed, Tom doesn't morph into a superhero or righter of all wrongs, and the students in Mrs. Tracy's class don't all learn that you can accept people who are different. Instead, this is the story of individual strength, of the internal struggle to balance what you know is right with what is wrong. A very inspiring story, indeed.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Good book

    I think its a good book with an amazing story. It seemed a bit slow to me and some things were a little odd but thats just how the character thinks! Really great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Amazing, but not like any other book I've read

    This book has a special message, that I hope everyone who reads it will find!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Different

    When I first read this i was sort of scared. The thought of what firegirl went through made me frightened.

    If i were you id buy it for maybe ages 11 and up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    To the person who wrote plz jelp To the person who write plz help me

    Just tell him the truth and offer to pay for a new one. If that doesnt work just tell him how you really feel and take the punishment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2011

    Great book! A must-read if you love realistic fiction

    Firegirl by Tony Abbott takes place in a small town on the east coast. It is about a kid named Tom whose life gets turned upside down when a girl who was in a fire and is severely burned, joins his class. Most of the kids aren't really sure what to think of her, but over time, Tom and her begin to develop an awkward little friendship. This book is a great example of how sometimes, what's on the inside is the only thing that matters.

    I would reccomend this book to kids the age of ten and up who enjoy realistic fiction and deep meaning.

    Wesley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2010

    Nice Book

    This is a very quick, very simple read, but it is also very sweet and makes you think about it long after you finish reading it.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Good Read

    My daughter and I got this book from our local library. The story of Tom Bender and his self-adjustment to the new girl in his class who is horribly burnt is well written and touching. My daughter was very upset throughout the book when hearing that the other kids didn't treat the girl as nicely as Tom did. As an adult reading the book with my daughter, I feel that the author did a fine job in portraying the characteristics of children in seventh grade. The book did not slow down or get boring what-so-ever. The book was a good read and is highly recommended.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    Thought provoking!

    After reading this book, I realized that it not only allowed one to self-evaluate their prejudices but it changed them as well. You come to see two sides of the story and ultimately feel empathy for the characters.

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