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The Boy in the Burning House

Written by Tim Wynne-Jones

  • 232 Pages
  • 9780888995001
  • 7.000" x 4.520"
  • Reading age from 12 to 15
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Emotions & Feelings


Publication Date September 01, 2002

Two years after his father mysteriously disappeared, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely. Underneath he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. Then Ruth Rose crashes into his life. A sixteen-year-old misfit whose manic moods have to be managed by drugs, she tells Jim that her stepfather is a murderer. Every instinct tells Jim to walk away, to get back to the slow process of dealing with his own grief. Yet something about her fierce conviction will not let him rest. Ruth Rose lights a fire in Jim -- a burning need to uncover the truth, no matter how painful that truth may be.

Acclaimed author Tim Wynne-Jones turns his considerable talent to a stunning novel that is part mystery, part psychological thriller. Emotionally compelling, fast-paced, terrifying and clever -- The Boy in the Burning House is an irresistible read.

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel 2002

Short-listed for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2005

Long-listed for the Wirral Paperback of the Year 2005

Long-listed for the OLA Red Maple Award 2001

Long-listed for the SYRCA Snow Willow Award 2003


Tim Wynne-Jones
Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada's foremost writers for children. The author of over thirty books, he is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and of the Arthur Ellis Award. He is the recipient of many other prizes at home and internationally including the Edgar Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. In 2012 he was made an Officer to the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario.


Star Review

"An absolutely riveting thriller, this book is a tour de force for Wynne-Jones, Tim...full of wonderful literary play - with a sly nod to great adventures..." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

"Intense, suspenseful, this novel is much more than a mystery - it's an exploration of human choices, of the tension between trust and reason, denial and self-knowledge. And it's hard to put down." Toronto Star

"The tale spins out taut as a bow string...Scary, absorbing, with a thrilling denouement." Booklist