Tony Abbott
"...there is..." Mrs. Tracy was saying quietly, "there is something we need to know about Jessica..."From this moment on, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh-grade classmates. They learn that Jessica has been in a fire and was badly burned, and will be attending St. Catherine's while getting medical treatments. Despite her horrifying appearance and the fear she evokes in him and most of the class, Tom slowly develops a tentative friendship with Jessica that changes his life. Tony Abbott is the author of over 35 books for young readers, including the extremely popular The Secrets of Droon series. In Firegirl he has written a powerful book that will show readers that even the smallest of gestures can have a profound impact on someone's life.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Tom had a plain, normal, boring life consisting of going to school and to his friend's house, but one day all of that changed. That day was the day a new girl named Jessica showed up in his class. Jessica isn't your average schoolgirl because when she was younger, she got severely burned in a fire and is still suffering from its aftereffects. No one likes her, no one talks to her, and they barely even look at Jessica for they are afraid of her and how she looks. A few weeks after arriving, Jessica left school early and the teacher forgot to give her her homework assignments.

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