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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8V4.131458
"...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.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published on June 1, 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316011703
ISBN-13: 9780316011709
18 Book Reviews
  • moonlight2011
    moonlight20118 months55 stars
    ughh i just love it
    • techfashion0315
      techfashion03158 months55 stars
      This is a really sad but good book. " 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."
      • fardosa123over 5 years
        i read this book lots of times it was a little sad but good and cute
        • fardosa123
          fardosa123over 5 years
          because i like that she has fire instead of water if you want to now why write something or add me
          • bluehorse3
            bluehorse3over 6 years
            This was a good, yet sad book. I would call it bitter-sweet. It's about judging people and making friends. That sounds sketchy, but the book is pretty good. I think I cried, though! :(
            • techfashion0315
              techfashion03158 months55 stars
              I agree. Bittersweet. That is a good word to describe it. I enjoyed it but I cried too! 😭
            • z2112
              z2112about 7 years55 stars
              I read this book, too. I cried a lot, picturing Jessica in the fire made me really sad. If you read Stargirl or Love, Stargirl, you'll notice how similar the books are.
              • z2112
                z2112about 7 years55 stars
                If you like a good book about how a burned girl makes a huge impression on a boy who has a normal until she comes, you'll like this book. It's also nice to have read Stargirl and Love, Stargirl because those books are kind of like these. At some times, you may cry, because it is a sad book. A summary of this book is Tom lives a normal life. One day, a girl who was burned in a terrible fire named Jessica shows up at his school. She is deformed, and nobody wants to be near her. Tom befriends her, but is afraid to show it at school. Then, Tom's best friend, Jeff starts being mean to Tom. Tom stops talking to Jeff, and Jeff gets mad. One day Jeff and his uncle drive by in Tom's favorite car, a Cobra. Tom instead visits Jessica. One day, Jessica moves away, and life returns to normal. Or does it??? Read it to find out! I really loved this book, and I think you will too!
                • eallen1
                  eallen1over 7 years
                  wish all the books were free
                  • jmpanda14
                    jmpanda14about 8 years
                    This book is amazing!!! It is about a boy named Tom, he goes to a catholic school but his life gets turned upside down when a girl, Jessica, comes to his school. But she isn't just an ordinary girl, she had been badly burned in a fire. Tom and Jessica have a good friendship in this story. I recommend this book for people who want to read a sad but amazing story :)
                    • 19049
                      19049over 8 years55 stars
                      its my fav book. its sad and weird a little.