Publisher description for Riley's fire : a novel / by Lee Merrill Byrd.


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Riley Martin, an adventurous, inquisitive seven-year old boy, is the hero of this immensely satisfying novel set in the isolated universe of Galveston’s original Shriners Burns Institute. It’s here that Riley is being treated for third-degree burns over 63 percent of his face and body. It’s here that he and his parents meet the future—his and theirs.

But it’s Riley himself who charms and twists the reader’s heart—Riley, a child so compelling in his innate boyness that his presence transforms the setting, the circumstances, the pain, the loss, even the future.

By the last page, Riley has come to an indisputable understanding of what the rest of his life will be and how he will deal with it. He is one of those very rare beings who embody the human spirit in the act of transcending reality. His story is, above all else, a reward.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Boys -- Fiction.
Children -- Hospital care -- Fiction.
Burns and scalds -- Patients -- Fiction.
Burns and scalds in children -- Fiction.
Shriners Burns Institute (Galveston, Tex.) -- Fiction.
Galveston (Tex.) -- Fiction.