In tiny Tillmon County, where it seems like nothing ever happens, a mysterious fire rocks the lives of the teenagers who live there. Who set the fire that night, and more importantly, who owns the reasons behind it? / As the story unfolds, the lines between truth and fiction, motive and happenstance, guilt and innocence blur. This novel-in-stories is told sequentially in the voices of its disparate cast of characters: a frustrated adoptee, a gay teenager, a big-city kid who is new in town and wishes he were back in Manhattan, a pregnant store clerk, and a boy with autism who is more at the center of events than he imagines. / Pamela Ehrenberg's gift for compelling storytelling makes this a memorable and moving work of fiction for teenage readers.
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Pamela Ehrenberg has been an educator for ten years, and she currently serves as a consultant for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in Washington, D.C.From Booklist:
Ehrenberg’s latest is a challenging pastiche of stories, each told from a different teenager’s point of view, that chronicle the lead-up to and fallout from an arson incident in a small Appalachian community. With the very first story, readers will think they have it figured out: Aiden, a religious zealot in training, seems to bear all the marks of a potential sociopath. But everything in Tillmon County—and by extension, the world, Ehrenberg seems to suggest—is more complicated. The clues come out as characters cross paths, and it soon becomes clear that the arson has something to do with Rob, a new kid in town who happens to be gay; Albert, a “slow” kid who devotedly follows his twin brother; and Lacey, a pregnant store clerk who sells some lighter fluid. Using distinctive voices (and fonts) for each troubled teen, Ehrenberg’s gambit never seems like a gimmick—each of her characters lives and breathes, and though their own tangents may test the patience of some readers, it is precisely these qualities that make their sum total so gripping. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus
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