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The Life Story of Fire

by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2007
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2007
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    Aug 2007
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 7


How fire has shaped our planet, our history and our imaginations.

Burning buildings and risky rescues often capture our attention, but how often do we consider the importance of fire in our lives? Whether it's the rumble of a furnace in the morning or the backyard barbecue ritual, we still use fire for the same reasons as the earliest humans. In fact, fire is so important that it's incorporated into almost every moment of our lives.

In seven compelling chapters, Burn explores the role of fire in such diverse areas as civilization, religious belief, industry, communications, emotions, war and nature. To many cultures -- from Egyptians who worshipped the immortality of a phoenix born out of flames, to seventh-century Koreans whose system of huge signal fires helped protect their border -- fire has been both awe-inspiring and critical for survival.

Through the ages fire has been both friend and foe, but its crucial role has never been doubted. Burn uncovers the dynamic and fascinating history of one of civilization's most essential instruments, religion's most enduring icons, and nature's mightiest forces.


About the author


Tanya Lloyd Kyi has written over fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction for middle-grade and young-adult readers, including many award winners. Her recent titles for Annick Press include Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature (2016), DNA Detective (2015), and When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival (2014). Tanya lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.


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Editorial Reviews

Compelling.... Many fascinating facts will hold the reader's interest.... An excellent effort has been made to include information and powerful events from many cultures.... Although some effort has been made to create a teen friendly book ... [it] is dense with text. Its demanding level of vocabulary that pre-supposes a wide life experience and/or knowledge of history will appeal to articulate, literate teens.

Resource Links, vol. 13, no.4

Librarian Reviews

Burn: The Life Story of Fire

Burn, baby, burn. Tanya Lloyd Kyi offers a sizzling look at how fire has shaped our planet, history and imaginations. Her book also features vivid examples from across the ages and around the world. Sidebars, sources and index included.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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