Groundwood Books

The Boy in the Burning House

Written by Tim Wynne-Jones

For students in grades 7 - 10 | Published August 01, 2000 | ISBN 9781554980055
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories

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232 pages
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About this book

The Boy in the Burning House

Tim Wynne-Jones

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.

About the Author

Tim Wynne-Jones

Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada's foremost writers for children. The author of over thirty-five 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.

Awards and Praise
  • Long-listed Wirral Paperback of the Year, 2005
  • Short-listed Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, 2005
  • Winner Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel, 2002