Summer On Fire

Summer On Fire #2020

Summer On Fire Zach Carson is a loyal friend But is loyalty enough to keep best friends together when one of them sets fire to the rural barn they use as the local hangout Zach Jeff Barsell and Arnie Wilson struggl
  • Title: Summer On Fire
  • Author: Kevin Craig
  • ISBN: 9781927085158
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zach Carson is a loyal friend But is loyalty enough to keep best friends together when one of them sets fire to the rural barn they use as the local hangout Zach, Jeff Barsell and Arnie Wilson struggle to pick up the pieces when news spreads that a body was discovered in the burnt out shell of the neighbouring home When the word murder is used by the local police, the sZach Carson is a loyal friend But is loyalty enough to keep best friends together when one of them sets fire to the rural barn they use as the local hangout Zach, Jeff Barsell and Arnie Wilson struggle to pick up the pieces when news spreads that a body was discovered in the burnt out shell of the neighbouring home When the word murder is used by the local police, the stakes grow even higher When the police start searching for their most likely suspect none other than Jeff s older brother, and nemesis, Marty Barsell the boys decide to join forces and come up with a way to prove his innocence But just how innocent is Marty Barsell When Marty admits to being at the scene of the crime, the three friends enlist the help of Zach s annoying sister, Sherry, as well as the sympathetic town eccentric, Ms Halverton But can they keep it together long enough to save Marty, and themselves, from imminent catastrophe Summer on Fire is the story of friendships, and the lines we are asked to cross in order to keep them.
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    My Rating 3 3 3 3 3Awesome In his debut novel Summer on Fire, Kevin Craig successfully captures the passing of life within an Ontario town in the early 1980s and what might happen were that town to suddenly be struck by tragedy This is not my typical type of book I put my name in for a giveaway drawing over on Absolute Write and won So there was no way for me to predict what I would think of it I was very pleasantly surprised.Plot When a fire is accidentally stopped at Zach, Jeff and Arnie s han [...]

    Lying is a slippery slope Once you take a step and start downward, it s hard to stop yourself, regain your footing and find a way back to normalcy This is what Zach Carson, Jeff Barsell and Arnie Wilson must face as three friends who just want school to end and summer to begin, if only it were that easy.Summer on Fire is a slow burn, a story that takes the time to develop character, to flesh out three very unique personalities in the trio of friends, and the secrets and lies they agree to bury i [...]

    It s 1983, and for Zach Carson, Jeff Barsell, and Arnie Wilson, their summer vacation is off to a terrible start First, they accidentally set fire to an old barn that they used as one of their hangouts Then, they discover that the house on the same property was also destroyed with the owner, Mr Henderson, still inside Fearing that they were responsible for Mr Henderson s death, the boys make a pact that they ll never tell anyone what happened that day, no matter what But when the police begin lo [...]

    Summer on Fire pulled me in from the start This coming of age story surrounds three friends Zach, Jeff, and Arnie following the consequences of an accident the careless flicking of a cigarette butt, burning the barn they hang out in to the ground The careless act sets off a string of unintended consequences leading to a murder investigation The boys struggle with what they ve done, quickly becoming caught in a web of lies, putting their relationships with each other to the test.The interaction o [...]

    I ve only heard snippets of Kevin Craig s writing prior to this novel, having heard them in Muskoka Novel Marathon sessions, etc So, while I figured I d enjoy his writing, I wasn t sure how he put together a longer form story and if it would be a satisfying read.Now I know The dude can write Like Connie said in her review, for whatever reason, I kept flashing to Stephen King s novella, The Body the basis for the Stand By Me movie even though this is set firmly in the 80s and in Canada And yet, w [...]

    This is a lively book for Young Adults, featuring three Canadian boys, their families, and a mysterious house fire Some of the narrative seemed a tad uneven in regard to the way teenage boys might think react On the one hand, they plotted their way out of trouble like seasoned veterans, on the other they seemed to cry at the drop of a hat This is my only quibble and I am a notorious quibbler The book is beautifully crafted and well written, with several memorable characters, distinctive speech p [...]

    Forget the YA tag, this is a great story for all ages.Ms Halverton is almost as much a scene stealer as her dialogue Summer on fire pulls in all the good keynotes that made movies like Goonies, Stand By Me and My Girl so resonant The characters are real, the dialogue and actions are natural and the story just flows.It is a book that has you grinning like a fool by the end.

    I won this through First Reads Program This was a really good book All the characters were relevant and well developed, and the plot didn t ever drag It was really good and kept you interested throughout the story I d recommend it to anyone.

    Kevin T Craig, although an established and talented writer, completely outdid himself with his debut YA novel Summer on Fire A coming of age story that makes Stand By Me just seem like a nice song Read the rest of the review at my site planetkibi blogocityml

    I LOVED the tone and feel of Summer On Fire Very Stand By Me I ll be posting a full review next week on my blog, but yeah, I dug this book a lot.

    Reminded me of Stephen King s The Body Well done three dimensional characters that leap off the page and come to life

    Summer On Fire is a pretty good book The narrator had some likable qualities, the situations that Zach and his friends get into kept me turning pages, and the story ended on a pretty positive note There may have been a few things about the main characters I didn t particularly like but all in all, I enjoyed it This is a story of three boys living in a sleepy, little town Not much happens here There s the town drunk who happens to be Jeff s father, the wacky woman who happens to be Arnie s mom, a [...]

    I have to say that I loved this book It may be short but it has such appeal It s full of wonderful descriptions and charm The 3 friends involved are so well portrayed that you can imagine them right in front of you The scene of the barn fire is very convincing the reader is pulled into the boys nonsense and fun, when suddenly everything changes Their happy, carefree friendship changes for good Even Jeff s misery over his burnt jacket displays how the friendships have changed already.His friends [...]

    Summer On Fire is a coming of age story about three boys who are on the edge of adolescence, looking forward to a carefree summer But when one of them accidentally sets a bar ablaze, the consequences build up until they question each others loyalties.New alliances build and old rivalries are dashed as the boys struggle between covering up a crime and coming clean.The book reminded me of Stand By Me and The Goonies It is an enjoyable read, taking us into the inner workings of a young man s mind.

    I m not typically a YA fan, but this book surprised me I kept picking it back up when I should have been doing other things The characters in Kevin Craig s book are very believable The trouble the get into over the course of the story kept me reading on I could clearly see this book play out like a movie, or perhaps a short teen series in my head My 1st read by this author, and already onto my 2nd book of his, Sebastian s Poet.

    A simple little action can have such huge consequences The author has us feeling their panic, their fear, as Zach, Arnie and Jeff deal with the consequences of one little tossed cigarette It s a great portrayal of an instant changing a life, and the chain reaction that follows.

    My daughter Connie lent me her signed copy I highly recommend this book and place it along side Stand by Me for a MUST READ

    Thoroughly enjoyed how these young men found themselves in trouble, tried to avoid the responsibility for it and are eventually found out.

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