Tillmon County Fire

Title

Tillmon County Fire

Publisher

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780802853455

Pages

175 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

1060L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Adoption; Family violence; Gay/Lesbian; Developmental disability; adopted teenager; adoptive parents; adoptive family; abusive father; gay; gay teenager; autism; autistic teenager

Main Character

male teenagers; female teenagers

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Chinese) / White

Family Formation

multiple

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Rainbow List, 2010 Fiction

Keywords

religion; Christianity; hardware store; twins; fire; motive; pregnancy; arson

Diversity Impact

indirect

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