Fire (Losing Christina, No.3)
Caroline B. Cooney
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Christina knows the Shevvingtons have left a trail of hollowed-out, lost girls in mental hospitals across the country, and she has seen the secret files that prove it. But the Shevvingtons are determined to destroy the evidence and Christina. This time, they'll use fire. They stuff her pocketbook full of matchbooks, scribble flames over her class notes anything they can do to make it look like Christina is obsessed with fire and a danger to herself and others. With summer vacation and safety just weeks away, Christina must make one last desperate attempt to keep her sanity and her life. This is book three in the LOSING CHRISTINA series.
Fire Caroline B. Cooney Contents Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 A Biography of Caroline B. Cooney Prologue AT FIVE-THIRTY IN THE morning, the rising sun touched the coast of Maine, passed through a window high in Schooner Inne, and rested on a pillow. Strange
moaned behind the parlor door. The phone mumbled. “Your wife is what?” repeated Mr. Shevvington into the phone. “Your wife is the personnel secretary?” Christina went limp. It was easy to forget what a small town this was; how everybody knew everybody, or was married to somebody’s cousin, or had been to school with somebody. “And Christina was in the personnel office getting addresses of my previous schools? For a surprise party?” Mr. Shevvington’s lips began to curl back away from his teeth.
all traps. Christina. Child of wind and sand, tides and isles. “No, don’t lock me up!” she screamed. “I can’t stand it!” She jumped over the edge of the truck, landing lightly on her sandals. Benj circled the truck to grab her. Mr. Gardner jumped off after her. “I’m your parents’ friend!” shouted Mr. Gardner, coming after her. “Don’t be afraid of me.” She had never run so fast. She had not known she was capable of running so fast. She reached the sidewalk and saw the Shevvingtons’ van at the
writing, and after his class, Cooney never stopped writing short stories. By the time she was twenty-five, she had written eight novels and countless short stories, none of which were ever published. Her ninth book, Safe as the Grave, a mystery for middle readers, became her first published book in 1979. Her real success began when her agent, Marilyn Marlow, introduced her to editors Ann Reit and Beverly Horowitz. Cooney’s books often depict realistic family issues, even in the midst of dramatic
fifth book, Janie Face to Face, will be released in 2013. Cooney has three children and four grandchildren. She lives in South Carolina, and is currently researching a book about the children on the Mayflower. The house in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, where Cooney grew up. She recalls: “In the 1950s, we walked home from school, changed into our play clothes, and went outside to get our required fresh air. We played yard games, like Spud, Ghost, Cops and Robbers, and Hide and Seek. We ranged far