Paperback - 2007
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This poignant novel about a boy's friendship with a burn victim is perfect for fans of R. J. Palacio's Wonder
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 will receiving medical treatments. Despite her 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.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Little, Brown, 2007
ISBN: 9780316011709


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Jun 24, 2017

Well, this debate was interesting. The book looks interesting as well, and because of all the different ratings, voices, and opinions, I feel even more compelled to read it. Thanks!

So, I read it. A quick read for me, it was entertaining and touching but at the same time just too short. I give four stars because if it were longer it would be better. I feel like it's kind of a copy of wonder, just changed a little. Try it!

Jan 01, 2017


Dec 03, 2013

This young adult novel is about a seventh grade boy named Tom, and how his life is thrown somewhat upside down by the arrival of the horribly and incredibly scarred Jessica Feeney in his class at school. At first, in all honesty, this book is annoying and hard to get into. The main character and his friend are both quite immature and self-centered and in reality, very unlikable characters. This “unlikableness” is further strengthened when Jessica arrives and they shun her for her appearance. However, as the novel progresses, Tom sheds some of his immaturity and develops into a much more likeable.
Other than the beginning, “Firegirl” is a rather good read. It can be considered easy by some, so if you are looking for a novel that won’t take long to read but does have some good underlying messages (eg “appearances do not define us”), then I suggest this book. “Firegirl” can be used for a book report or a novel study, and can be read by both older ages as well as younger teens (the content will make sense to most ages). This book does not contain mature themes.
“Firegirl” by Tony Abbott can be described as uplifting and interesting. It is, most of all, a story about how we cannot base our judgements of people off of appearances alone, for true beauty comes from within.
The author of this review enjoyed this book for the most part and would in fact, recommend it, as long as people enjoy the genre.

Aug 27, 2013

A good theme with bad interpretation, horrible story.

Aug 04, 2013

This book is quite good. It outlines a lesson that we should all learn-don't judge a book by it's cover.

Feb 04, 2013

what ilovetiffany said!

Jan 06, 2013

Now you guys inspired me to read this book too! :)

Oct 23, 2012

Not a very compelling book. A little too forced…

TheWhoRocks Apr 23, 2012

This book was so good!! I would definately read it again

JewelMcLatchy Apr 04, 2012

Just amazing. Not quite sure what else to say

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Jul 30, 2012

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Feb 27, 2010

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Oct 22, 2012

7th-grader Tom's life is changed by the arrival of a girl in school with severe burn scars. He questions his reactions to her and the continued odd behaviour of his best friend Jeff.

whiteshadow13 Mar 09, 2012

A middle school boy's life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his Catholic school while receiving treatment at a local hospital.

meghan Jul 16, 2008

When Tom and the rest of his seventh grade class are introduced to Jessica, her appearance shocks them all. Tom and Jessica develop a friendship over the course of the story, a friendship that will last a lifetime.


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