My Life on Fire
Caspar is the type of boy who takes the blame when there’s a problem. Then again, he’s the type of boy who asks questions beyond any others. He wants to understand and then make things right too.
Ren doesn’t know her classmate very well. However, after the house fire, when circumstances mean they must live at Grandma’s they’re thrust together through their journeys to and from school. Thereafter, she realises his kindness, enjoys his dog, and sees how he appreciates his effort to help Grandma and value her cooking. It’s more than Ren can do. It feels as though she’s drowning, not only through the loss of her beloved collections and souvenirs, but then through her understanding of how her family operates. Suddenly, she’s in charge of Petie’s happiness, while she’s scrambling. What’s more, she’s coveting others’ special things, like clothing, hair clips, pens….
As Caspar learns to be in a family without his older brother, who made home a joy, he’s aware of the struggles of Ren and Petie. It means that he’s helpful and kind; then again, this is Caspar’s outlook too. However, is it too much for him, when he realises what Ren’s been doing? Is it possible that he might put this right, too?
Bookwagon loves My Life on Fire. It seems that Cath Howe’s books ‘speak’ to us. Thereafter, we know and care about her characters and recognise their fears, trauma and hopes. We trust that this superb novel will find a wide, appreciative reading audience, like her other books.
My Life on Fire