I finished it because I was wondering why Alice had lied. Before Melissa could turn around, someone waded out of the shade cast by the low boughs of a tree overhanging the water. It is clear from the beginning that something is not quite right with the unusual girl. When Sharlene announces that they will be spending the month of August at a remote cabin on a wilderness lake, Melissa is less than thrilled. Melissa has difficulty making friends at school, they never have enough money and her little brother Cody is a brat.
This novel is highly recommended. Her cheeks turned hot in confusion. What will it be like at some lonely cabin with just her mother and her little brother, Cody? She learns about Alice's family, her interest in fantasy and writing, and also how she seems a bit strange and mysterious at times. What will it be like at some lonely cabin with just her mother and her little brother, Cody? As Melissa's relationship with her mother improves and her confidence increases, she is able to hold her own with Alice and start to appreciate her own imperfect family. Melissa's mother is trying to straighten out her life and family two years after a fire linked to substance abuse destroyed the family trailer and injured Melissa's hand. This is just one of the reasons why After the Fire is a wonderful novel for young readers.
As she spends more time with her mother and makes her first true friend in Alice, Melissa learns that holding onto her anger might not be worth the effort. Nobody in sight-just the bare gray rock gleaming in the hot sun. Desperate to escape her mother and little brother, Melissa canoes to an island in the middle of the lake, where she meets Alice, a strange girl who seems to have a perfect, happy life. It's true that since then her mother has stopped drinking, has a good job, and doesn't have a boyfriend. And, as she learns more about Alice, Melissa wonders if perfect families exist only in fairy tales.
Melissa meets a girl named Alice while canoeing and they instantly became best friends. When Sharlene announces that they will be spending the month of August at a remote cabin on a wilderness lake, Melissa is less than thrilled. Their time at Flycatcher Lake, despite Melissa's annoyance at having to spend her summer in a remote cabin, proves to be a therapeutic experience that brings the little family closer together. The book wraps with a satisfying and hopeful ending that affirms the human capability to persist and succeed through the hardships and difficulties that life may present. Melissa finds an awkward girl and asked her some weird questions.
When Melissa's mother tells her they will be moving, it doesn't come as a big surprise. Alice is writing a fantasy novel and wants to experience the fantasy as she writes it. Melissa finds an awkward girl and asked her some weird questions. But things aren't always what they seem. Becky Citra is one of her favourite authors. Memories of a terrible fire in their house trailer still give Melissa nightmares. Melissa has difficulty making friends at school, they never have enough money and her little brother Cody is a brat.
Don't you just love it when things work out like that? I was looking for a quick read, but wanted something with some depth. The scenes build as characters reveal bits and pieces of the puzzle, making the conclusion of the story wholly satisfying and surprising. In fact, Melissa thought afterwards, it was as if she had expected her. Alice's invitation to her secret tree house on an island in the middle of the lake gives Melissa plenty of activity every afternoon. This surprisingly poignant novel provides an utterly realistic look into the life of a girl who, through tragedy and hardship, lost the innocence of childhood too early. On an island in the middle of the lake, Melissa meets Alice, a strange girl who is writing a fantasy novel. It all sounds exciting, but Melissa had her heart set on going to a summer art camp she heard about at school.
Her anger at her mother, Sharlene, is very real, and many readers will, unfortunately, be able to identify with the situations Melissa experiences. Melissa is grateful for a friend, but wary of Alice who seems to tell a lot of lies. Melissa is envious at first, and then uneasy, as Alice draws her deeper into a dangerous fantasy world where nothing is as it seems. Melissa doesn't trust Sharlene, a recovering alcoholic, and is haunted by memories of a terrible fire that destroyed the trailer her family shared with Sharlene's former live-in boyfriend, Darren. But nothing ever seems to change. When they arrive at the lake cabin, any worry about loneliness disappears when Melissa meets Alice.
Will appeal primarily to girls. It was a girl in a red bathing suit, standing waist deep. A very thought-provoking book for tweens and teens. Eleven-year-old Melissa lives with her mother, Sharlene, and her four-year-old brother, Cody, in a cramped apartment. But nothing ever seems to change. Becky Citra is one of her favourite authors. Melissa is still adjusting to life after the fire with her mother Sharlene and her younger brother Cody.