Firegirl Questions and Answers

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The entire novel takes place within only three weeks, so the ten most important events to occur are very close together. To me, these events include the following: 1. Mrs. Tracy tells Tom and his...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 11:02 pm UTC

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I would argue that there are three main themes in this great novel. One is growing up, a second is the nature of serious injuries, and the third is the power of friendship. Tony Abbott’s Firegirl...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2020 8:09 am UTC

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Tom is very much the archetypal misfit. Overweight, quiet, and painfully shy, he naturally finds it difficult to fit in at school, where it always pays to be brash, confident, and good-looking. Not...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019 5:38 am UTC

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Although the narrator, Tom, changes significantly over the course of the novel, his best friend Jeff does not change--in fact, Jeff loses his chance to change, and the fact that Tom proves to be a...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 2:20 am UTC

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As I see it, the main conflict happens within Tom. On one side, he has his immature friend Jeff pulling him away from Jessica, telling him how gross she is, and trying to get him interested in the...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

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In Chapter 3, we learn that Tom is wistful and obsessive, unrealistic and imaginative, and passive: Tom goes into exquisite detail as he describes Courtney's beauty, grace, and smell, all of which...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 8:56 pm UTC

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In Tony Abbott’s young adult novel, Firegirl, there is both internal and external conflict or problems. Jessica, a young girl who is badly burned in a car fire, faces many medical procedures,...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 5:23 pm UTC

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Jessica's family brought her to St. Catherine's school, where the narrator goes, so that Jessica could receive treatments from her burns at a nearby hospital (in New Haven). In Chapter 6, when Mrs....

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 1:31 am UTC

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Tom struggles with inner conflict in “Firefly” by Tony Abbott. Tom is an ordinary middle school student in a Catholic school when Jessica joins the class. Jessica sustained burns in a fire leaving...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2015 1:52 am UTC

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In chapter 11 of Firegirl, Jessica sits at her desk and opens her pencil case; a photo flutters to the floor. Tom immediately picks it up and begins to ask Jessica about it. Other students also...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018 9:04 pm UTC

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1. The first object in the story that might represent Firegirl, or Jessica, is the broken prayer ring. Look in Chapter 9, where Jessica is present at school for the first time at St. Catherine's...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 8:18 pm UTC

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We can assume that the time period for Firegirl is fairly recent if not contemporary. The book was published in 2006, so it's important to use context clues to try and determine when exactly the...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

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The narrator in Firegirl is Tom Bender, who is in sixth grade as the novel begins. In the novel, Tom confesses that he once struggled with a reading disability. He describes his experience of...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2018 3:52 pm UTC

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Firegirl is a children's story that was written by Tony Abbott and published in 2008. It is in the first person, and it is about how a boy named Tom behaves around Jessica, a burn victim who...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 11:33 pm UTC

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In Tony Abbott's Firegirl, we follow a boy named Tom Bender as he begins a friendship with Jessica Feeney, a new girl in his seventh grade class. Jessica is a burn victim, and many other students...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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During much of the novel, Tom hangs back and tacitly participates in his classmates’ gossip and ostracism. His largely passive stance grows out of his own sense of alienation due to comparing...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2020 9:39 pm UTC

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Jeff isn’t the nicest kid around, which is apparent even before Jessica Feeney arrives in their class. For example, he refers to those who struggle to read as “the dumb group.” Also, he regularly...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021 5:43 pm UTC

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Tom Bender is a deeply conflicted character. On the one hand, he wants to do the right thing. He feels sorry for Jessica and doesn't want to be yet another insensitive kid who shuns her over her...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 7:50 am UTC

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It's so he can go undetected as a superhero someday. Of course, that's all in Tom's imagination. As the story opens, Tom describes himself as shy, a bit sweaty and chubby, and disinclined to "get...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 8:44 pm UTC

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At that point in the story, Jessica has come to develop a deep bond of trust with Tom. They are both outsiders, both at school and in society as a whole. Somehow they just don't seem to belong...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2017 5:25 pm UTC

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Firegirl is a children's novel by prolific children's author Tony Abbott. First published in 2008, it focuses on the effect of the "firegirl" of the title on the novel's narrator, Tom Bender. Tom...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 6:11 am UTC

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Tom runs for class president, but that's only because Jessica has nominated him. If it had been left up to him, he wouldn't have put his name forward. In fact, when Jessica nominates Tom his...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 2:36 pm UTC

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