Pondfire

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Jed has studied fire his whole life. He has a vested interest--his father is the town's volunteer fire chief. People in town thought that was an odd hobby, but then a rash of suspicious fires, including one that injures his father, lead some to suspect this is more than just a hobby. Determined to find out who is really to blame, Jed starts his own investigation into the fires. But before he can find any solid answers, a huge blaze threatens the entire town--and everyone is ...
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Overview

Jed has studied fire his whole life. He has a vested interest--his father is the town's volunteer fire chief. People in town thought that was an odd hobby, but then a rash of suspicious fires, including one that injures his father, lead some to suspect this is more than just a hobby. Determined to find out who is really to blame, Jed starts his own investigation into the fires. But before he can find any solid answers, a huge blaze threatens the entire town--and everyone is dependent on Jed's knowledge and experience.

After his father, the town's volunteer fire chief, is injured, Jed has even more reason to try to prove that he is not responsible for a series of suspicious fires.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
If you are fascinated with fires and you've accidentally started a fire, suspicion would be high that you're the culprit when other fires break out around town, especially if that notion is fueled by the local bully. Jed's redemption story begins and ends with exciting descriptions of fires and extinguishing fires. To complicate matters, Jed's father, the chief of the volunteer fire fighters, has a freak accident at the scene of a fire and becomes comatose. But Jed and his best friends, Pete and Megan, are a team as they help with the climatic fire on Tuck's Pond. This mystery-action story packs friendship, courage and the work ethic into a brief book that will be good reading for fifth and sixth graders. The credible main character endures family problems and the taunts of Big Bart and Stanley. He is the hero because he sees what has to be done and takes action. Such is the simple but true definition of leadership that he learns in the happy ending. 2000, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 8 to 12, $14.99. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter—Children's Literature
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Jed is in trouble. His dad is Chief of the volunteer fire department in their small town, and Jed, trying to learn to put out fires like his dad does, accidentally burns down the family's garage. After the garage fire, a series of blazes breaks out; Jed becomes the number one suspect. He hasn't set the fires, and his friends from the sixth grade know that he's innocent. Still, suspicion focuses on him. Then the unthinkable happens. Jed's father is injured in one of the fires, and is in a coma. Jed decides that the only way to prove his own innocence is to find out who is really setting the fires. He, Pete, and Megan set out to find the arsonist, and find themselves in great danger. This is a fast-paced adventure story aimed at younger YA readers. The fire scenes are particularly well done, and the characters are well drawn and appealing. Genre: Adventure. 2000, Putnam, Ages 9 to 12, $14.99. Reviewer: June Harris
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Gr 5-7-When Jed practices putting out fires in his backyard, he accidentally burns down the family garage. His father, the volunteer fire department chief, cautions him, "Never turn your back on Old Man Fire-He'll sneak around you every time." Later that year, the boy and his buddy are hanging out in the swamp when they are almost overcome by a swamp fire. Though the fire department puts it out, Jed feels the sting of suspicion as it flares up throughout the small community- even his own parents speculate about the coincidence of him being nearby at the time. As more fires crop up, mounting distrust is cast his way. Then his father responds to an alarm one night and a freak electrical accident leaves him in a coma; the tragedy motivates the boy to search for clues to uncover the real arsonist. The boy's preoccupation with fire results in the only credible character development. A jealous, corrupt firefighter trying to pin arson on Jed is far-fetched, and the chief shaking off a coma to rush to the scene of a train wreck and explosion is a stretch. While this adventure story may appeal to reluctant readers, it reads like a "Lassie" episode, without the dog.-Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399234392
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/20/2000
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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