Pyro

Pyro

Monique Polak (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459802308

Read Now

Description

Ever since he was small, Franklin has been soothed by fire. Staring into the flames helps Franklin forget his problems. And right now, he's got a lot to forget. Franklin's mother has left the family home to be with her hairdresser boyfriend. Franklin's father, the mayor of Montreal West, is too busy worrying about his public image to do anything about the family. As a rash of local fires competes with upcoming elections for media attention, Franklin's father has to work hard to keep the public happy. And Franklin has to reconsider his romance with fire.

Reading Level
Lexile
561L
Fountas Pinnell Guided Reading
N
ATOS
3.7
DRA
30
Categories
Genre
Character Education Family Social Issues
Interest Age
Ages 9-12 Ages 13+
Grade
5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade
Subject
Other
Language
English (US)
Fiction/Non-Fiction
Fiction
More Like This

Room Enough for Daisy

Debby Waldman (author), Cindy Revell (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554692569

Daisy has more toys than she knows what to do with. In this story, inspired by an Eastern European folktale about a house that's too small, Daisy thinks she needs a bigger bedroom for all the gifts on her birthday list. Her clever mom helps her realize less is more, and Daisy decides to donate many of her things to a Mitzvah Day rummage sale. In the process, Daisy learns about sharing and the satisfaction that comes from choosing what's important.

Silly Tilly and the Royal Rules

Barbara Bakowski (author), Sachiko Yoshikawa (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163120

Will Princess Tilly learn from Prince Willy why castle rules are cool? Character concept: Citizenship: Obey rules.

Horse Power

Ann Walsh (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551438818

Once again Callie is forced to take part in her mom's latest crusade. They head into ranch country to camp -- bloodthirsty mosquitoes, stinky outhouses and all -- at a protest to save a rural school. Callie's grandmother shows up with her biker buddies and the singing grannies. Callie hates camping and wants nothing to do with the protest. To make matters worse, Callie's only possible ally, her cousin Del, is mad at her. The last time Callie visited, she was thrown from Del's horse, Radish. Callie claimed the horse was vicious and now Del's parents are forcing her to sell Radish. Callie wants to help her cousin, but she's terrified of the horse. Del is just as tenacious as the rest of Callie's family, and Callie is forced to admit that she's not going to be allowed to go home until both the horse and the school are saved.

Living Rough

Cristy Watson (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554694341

In most ways, Poe is like the other kids in his school. He thinks about girls and tries to avoid too much contact with teachers. He has a loving father who helps him with his homework. But Poe has a secret, and almost every day some small act threatens to expose him. He doesn't have a phone number to give to friends. He doesn't have an address. Poe and his father are living in a tent on city land. When the city clears the land to build housing, Poe worries that they might not be able to find another site near his school. Will Poe have to expose his secret to get help for himself and his father?

Slick

Sara Cassidy (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 1554693535

Liza, determined to prove that her mother's boyfriend is no good, starts researching the oil company he works for. Liza discovers a lawsuit against the company for compensation that is long overdue to Guatemalan farmers. She starts a group at school called GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) and launches an attack on Argenta Oil. As her activism activities increase, her objections to her mother's boyfriend become political. She is learning to separate the personal from the political, but when her mother discovers her plans for a demonstration outside the Argenta Oil head office, the two collide in ways Liza least suspected.

The Best Birthday Gift

Barbara Bakowski (author), Jackie Stafford (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163038

Nana teaches Nate that the best birthday gift doesn't come in a box. Character concept: Fairness: Listen to others.