The Boy in the Burning Houseby Tim Wynne-Jones
An Edgar Award Winner
Two years after his father's mysterious disappearance, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely. Underneath, he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. What did happen to his father? Is he dead or just gone? Then Jim meets Ruth Rose. Moody, provocative, she's the bad-girl stepdaughter of Father Fisher, Jim's father's childhood friend and the town/b>… See more details below
An Edgar Award Winner
Two years after his father's mysterious disappearance, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely. Underneath, he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. What did happen to his father? Is he dead or just gone? Then Jim meets Ruth Rose. Moody, provocative, she's the bad-girl stepdaughter of Father Fisher, Jim's father's childhood friend and the town pastor, and she shocks Jim out of his stupor when she tells him her stepfather is a murderer. "Don't you want to know who he murdered?" she asks. Jim doesn't. Ruth Rose is clearly crazy -- a sixteen-year-old misfit. Yet something about her fierce conviction pierces Jim's shell. He begins to burn with a desire for the truth, until it becomes clear that it may be more unsettling than he can bear. What is the real meaning of the strange prayers Father Fisher intones behind the door of his private sanctuary? Why does Ruth Rose suddenly disappear? And what really happened thirty years ago when a boy died in a burning house?
The Boy in the Burning House is the winner of the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.
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"I want to know what happened."
She came closer, stared at Jim, and despite the medication, it seemed like she was looking right inside him.
"No, you don't," she said. "You're too afraid."
Then she started to walk away toward the woods.
He couldn't let her go just like that. Letting go was a problem he had.
"I am not afraid!" he shouted.
"You aren't ready," she shouted back.
"Ready for what?"
"You don't want to face the fact that your daddy is dead. D-E-A-D."
Jim felt like he was teetering suddenly. On the edge of a rushing stream and not sure whether to jump or go looking for a bridge. Not sure he could clear it, not sure he wouldn't drown if he fell in. Ruth Rose was on the other side of that stream and she wasn't the kind of guide he would have wished to lead him anywhere. But what was there anymore on this side of the stream?
He took a deep breath, let it out slowly. Leapt.
"Tell me," he said. "Please."
Tim Wynne-Jones's critically acclaimed fiction includes Some of the Kinder Planets, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, and Stephen Fair. He has won Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award twice. He lives in Perth, Ontario.
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