From the moment Jessica arrives, 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, despite the fact that she is only in his life for a few weeks.
Firegirl is a powerful book that will show readers that even the smallest of gestures can have a profound impact on someone's life.
[star] "Tom's connection to Jessica changes his perspective on himself, his peers and friendship, and underscores the reward of reaching out to another...This novel maybe be brief, but it leaves a big impact." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[star] "This isn't the usual book about adjustment to differences; instead, Abbot brilliantly explores the kids' struggle to manage this intrusion of abnormality into their lives*this is a thoughtful exploration of a brief interlude's lasting impact*an understanding yet thought-provoking nove*." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"A touching story of friendship that is easy to read yet hard to forget." -School Library Journal
"In this poignant story, readers will recognize*that even by doing small acts of kindness, people stand to gain more than they lose." -Booklist