When a fire rages through a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood, everyone’s lives are affected, and the drama of this young adult novel will keep readers turning the pages until the very end.
Danna has been wishing for things in her life to get more exciting. Unfortunately, she gets her wish when the fire strikes. Along with Danna we meet her brother, Hall; Elony, a recent immigrant to the United States; and Beau Severyn and his little sister. All of these teens are coping with life as ’poor little rich kids’, and the fire forces them to confront their problems.
Cooney captures the frenetic pace of such a crisis, and she has constructed solid, three-dimensional characters. While the actual fire may not be a situation many teens are familiar with, they will be sure to recognize the fears, hopes, and desires expressed by these unlikely heroes.