Fire Color One
Published:January 31, 2017
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Nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, this novel is a stunning tribute to fathers and daughters, and to the unique power of art to connect and change us.
Sixteen-year-old Iris itches constantly for the strike of a match. But when she’s caught setting one too many fires, she’s dragged away to London before she can get arrested. At least, that’s the story her mother tells. Soon Iris finds herself in the English countryside, where her millionaire father—a man she’s never met—lives. Though not for very much longer.
Iris’s father is dying, and her self-interested mother is determined to claim his life’s fortune, including his priceless art collection. Forced to live with him as part of an exploitive scheme, Iris quickly realizes her father is far different from the man she’s been schooled to hate, and everything she thought she knew—about her father and herself—is suddenly unclear. But there may be hidden beauty in Iris’s uncertain past and hopeful future, if only she can see beyond the flames.
Praise for Fire Color One:
A Carnegie Medal finalist
"It’s not often—in fact, it has never happened to me even once—that I fall so hard for a young arsonist. The book moves swiftly, alternating between comedy and sadness, sometimes in the same paragraph. I loved Fire Color One." —Daniel Wallace, critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Big Fish
* "Valentine writes about family dysfunction, arson, and art with equal levels of beauty and lyricism, creating a vivid landscape of heartache and redemption....A story about an ugly situation that explodes into beauty through cunning and resilience." —Kirkus Reviews *STARRED*
"Beautifully written...a quiet, reflective novel that blooms into a thrilling mystery." —Booklist
"Wise, brilliantly plotted." —The Sunday Times
"Beautifully written...this latest creation is her most spectacular yet." —The Guardian Children's Books review
"[An] unforgettable story of grief and love." —Metro
“A beautifully written, darkly funny and surprisingly poignant story of art, family and discovering the people we thought we knew.” —Kerry Kletter, critically acclaimed author of The First Time She Drowned
"Stunning. Rich in prose, with a profound depth to the characters and themes. Extremely moving." —Sarah Lean, award-winning author of A Dog Called Homeless
"A beautifully written story, soaked in love and important things." —Steven Camden, critically acclaimed author of Tape
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