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Tillmon County Fire [Paperback]

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Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 21, 2009
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Age  14-18
ISBN  0802853455  
EAN  9780802853455  

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Item Description...
An act of arson commited as an anti-gay hate crime affects the lives of several teenagers from a small town.

Publishers Description
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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Wow, loved it!  Oct 5, 2009
It's been a while since I tore through a book this quickly, but the varying viewpoints and constant twists kept me wanting to find out what happened next. I actually felt like I was listening to teenagers talk (more Judy Blume than The Breakfast Club) and sometimes forgot that I was reading a book by an adult. Ehrenberg conveyed the kids' emotions without beating us over the head with her beliefs.

It was amazing to see both how much and how little goes on in small-town America and puts a number of social conflicts in perspective. I'd definitely recommend the book.

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple" - Oscar Wilde  Jul 27, 2009
This is an excellent read! Pamela Ehrenberg's well-crafted book, "Tillmon County Fire" offers young readers to see the world through many different lenses. What makes it stand out is how without a hint of preachiness, but with humour and compassion, Ehrenberg urges young readers to consider our differences with open minds, and to understand how we are all interconnected; how our actions are inextricably linked to those of others. Whether we agree or disagree with the ideas that motivate the actions of any of the keenly observed characters is beside the point. What is important, however, is that when we do (agree/disagree) we must always consider context, and we must do so with tolerance and recognition of our collective humanity.
Kept me in suspense...  Jul 10, 2009
Tillmon County Fire kept me in suspense from the moment I opened the cover because of the questions inspired by the title: Where is Tillmon County? What structures burned in the fire? How did the fire start?

The author does an excellent job of slowly spiraling the reader toward the answers by introducing dynamic characters who speak in their own unique voices (and each voice is represented with a font that matches his/her personality!). The characters' individual stories intertwine as the plot unfolds. In addition to a solid storyline, Tillmon County Fire helps its teenage audience relate to and understand real issues facing teens today. I believe young readers will find characters with which they identify and who may help teens deal with their personal struggles as they fight toward adulthood.
Disgusting book  Jul 7, 2009
I almost never write reviews, but this book was so bad I felt the need to. I didn't even finish it. I certainly did not expect the kind of R-rated content it had, considering it is a young adult book. I knew it had a homosexual character and that one of the characters was a pregnant teenager. What I didn't know was that another of the male characters in the book becomes attracted to the gay guy, and a homosexual sex scene follows. Same guy also has sex with a girl, which would be bad enough, although at least THAT isn't explicit. Can't say the same for the homosexual one. Later on, the reader is treated to a review of the homosexual act by the other party. Also, as I said, I didn't finish the book, but from what I gathered, the big fire of the title was a hate crime against the gay guy -- sure, fine, whatever, except that the one relgious character in the book was its mastermind. Way to stereotype. And I don't like to write negative reviews, because as a writer, I wouldn't want negative reviews of my work. But this is just trash. Any fine writing and probable literary merit aside, it's still disgusting.
An Impressive, Gripping Teen Page Turner  Jul 5, 2009
With Tillmon County Fire, author Pamela Ehrenberg has created an "Our Town" for teens. Like Ethan Suspended, Ehrenberg's debut novel, Tillmon deals with issues universal to young adults everywhere. And she accomplishes this difficult task visually,through font and typeface and with her usual wit and insight.

Each chapter of the book is narrated by a different teen who is in the process of trying to figure out the world and his or her place in it. Like Roshomon,their intersecting stories help to uncover who was responsible for a devastating fire which culminates in a trial. Is it Rob, the new kid in town who happens to be gay? Or is it Albert,the slow twin, or the pregnant cashier in the hardware store? Or is it Amelia, the only Chinese American in Tillmon County, or is it Cait, a bright girl determined to go to college and flee Tillmon for good?

Ehrenberg has created real flesh and blood characters devoid of melodrama. She channels each teen and it is for this reason that Tillmon County Fire is an impressive, gripping and relentless page turner.


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