This brief but powerful story was published in 2008 and written by Tony Abbott. This fictional story is about a school boy named Tom Bender who struggles to get past the presence of Jessica, a burnt victim. This is told in first person which makes you feel even more connected to all the emotions.
At St. Catherine’s school, the students were not prepared for what was coming next. Even with the teacher’s descriptions, they weren’t able to picture how bad it was. People were so shocked when they saw Jessica’s face that some didn’t even dare to look at her. Jessica had stayed for medical attention at a nearby hospital. Everyone started to make up rumours about how she got burnt but only Tom knew the real story after a visit to her house. That’s when Tom and Jessica slowly started a small friendship together.
One day, Jessica has to leave because her doctor needs her at a different hospital. Tom starts to have mixed emotions about all this. He feels like he didn’t do enough for her and is devastated. He also has problems with his best friend Jeff, which made everything even worse. He doesn’t know what to do but Jessica helps calm him down and tell him that everything is alright. And with that, Jessica leaves without a trace. Tom Bender will never forget this moment in his life.
Firegirl tells a powerful story of friendship and having a connection with another person. It is a beautifully written book that young readers will treasure.