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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Awesome

    This book is so effectionet. Is beatifully written. This book was a great book and it showed how different people can become friends. This book also shows how to choose friends and how to know if they are truly devoted to your friendship. This book is aslo about how a young girl can chage/put a deal of an impact on a boys life forever.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Good Book!

    I read the book when I was in the 4th grade and I remember crying like 5times. The beginning was kind of a drag, maybe a little boring. But overall I loved the book and was deeply influenced by it, it was a sad book in the end(in my point of veiw). I would definately re-read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Firegirl is a great lifechanging book.

    It dosent matter whats on the outside its whats on the inside. So NEVER talk about someone because of the way they look are what the might ware it really dosent matter be nice.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2006

    This is a Great book

    I love this book so much I just had to read it again. It is a book about friendship, trust, and not telling a book by it's cover ( well in this case Jessica Feeney) You will love thi book very much

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    A story with a great message.  My fifth grade special education

    A story with a great message.  My fifth grade special education student that hates to read, enjoyed this book very much.  It had short chapters and was perfect for his interactive book report!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    this is a really nice boo

    I love the way the book ends

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Sounds interesting!

    I haven't read this book yet-its on my wishlist and I
    want to read it badly.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Amazing

    Read it for my class it was sad what happened to Jessica Feeney's face. Loved it though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    I can't wait to read it!

    I ordered the book and can't wait to read it! It sounds interesting. Poor Jessica.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Could you pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease publish The Secrets of Droon as an ebook? Please?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    The truth

    Tom knows the truh about the truth about the fire all those meaners make things up to make themselves feel important .........they can't handle the truth p.s let's go set the batmoblie on fire lolololol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Cool person

    A Really good book about a girl that had burns all over her body and that is all i have to say about the fire girl with burns alll over her body and there is a movie and i will see the movie :) ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    For #13

    I know its a little late but i still want to say something. U dropped it by accident n every 1 makes mistakes. Ur dad will forgive u if u tell him it was an accident. :) :) :) :) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Please read this

    I love this book so, so much, but I have problem. Some people rate books one star and ask stupid questions or say dumb stuff like I havent read the book or is it good Please stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Love it

    I'm only in 4th grade but I love this book it has lots of things you don't expect, I won't give it away so read to find out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Tavia Firegirl

    Let me read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Tony

    This is Tony Abbott. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Love it great book

    This is a great book for kids from ages 9 and above its is sooooo good and reallyy heart warming to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    I love

    I hate reading and i was reading the postcard also by tont abbott and i seached it on my nook and it came up with fire girl so i read it best book u will ever read and if u hat reading you should read firegirl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    OMG!!! GOOD BOOK!!!!!

    Its so sad when people hate people if something is wrong with them. This book inspiers me to be a friend to eveyone:)

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