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Secret of the Red Flame

Kimball, K.

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ISBN 10: 0613627024 / ISBN 13: 9780613627023
Published by Topeka Bindery, 2002
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Title: Secret of the Red Flame

Publisher: Topeka Bindery

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Aladdin Paperbacks Ed.

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After Jozef loses the earnings from his family's butcher shop to a gang of street urchins, he vows to recover the money. Refusing to heed the warnings of his brother, an embittered, disabled Civil War veteran, he and his friends form a secret society to infiltrate the gangs that have been victimizing the Polish-American community in 1871 Chicago.

To his surprise, Jozef finds himself in an uneasy friendship with Bridget, a member of one of the gangs. When Bridget is falsely arrested for the murder of a parish priest, Jozef knows the only way to save her is to find the real killer. As tinder-dry Chicago threatens to erupt in flames, Jozef, with the help of an unlikely ally, pursues a foe far more dangerous -- and evil -- than the homeless waifs who stole his family's cash.

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Grade 4-6-It's 1871, and times are dry and brittle in the Chicago Polish immigrant settlement. Then Jozef Chapski and his family's situation worsens when the protagonist, who speaks in a very mature voice for a 12-year-old, is robbed while taking the profits from his family's butcher shop to the bank. In an effort to make up the loss to his hardworking father, church-cleaning mother, and disabled Civil War-veteran brother, he joins with his friends to form the Red Flame, a secret society with the mission to halt a recent rash of crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. To that end, Jozef soon takes up with a gang of street-tough youths and befriends Bridget, one of the ringleaders who is fearful of the true captain, the Wolf. Then a crime more serious than a mugging takes place and Bridget is held accountable. Sure of her innocence, Jozef and his brother, whom he has convinced to shred his shroud of self-pity, set out on a climactic race to clear her name and catch the Wolf. This episode happens to occur on the very same night that Chicago begins to burn, and the culmination of all these events provides a somewhat hokey ending, which will nonetheless appeal to young readers.
Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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