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The Secret of the Red Flame

The Secret of the Red Flame

For Ages: 9 - 13
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JOZEF IS PLAYING A

DANGEROUS GAME


After Jozef loses the earnings from his family's butcher shop to a gang of street urchins, he vows to recover the money. Refusing to heed the warnings of his brother, an embittered, disabled Civil War veteran, he and his friends form a secret society to infiltrate the gangs that have been victimizing the Polish-American community in 1871 Chicago.

To his surprise, Jozef finds himself in an uneasy friendship with Bridget, a member of one of the gangs. When Bridget is falsely arrested for the murder of a parish priest, Jozef knows the only way to save her is to find the real killer. As tinder-dry Chicago threatens to erupt in flames, Jozef, with the help of an unlikely ally, pursues a foe far more dangerous -- and evil -- than the homeless waifs who stole his family's cash.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439114520 | 
  • June 2008 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Reading Group Guide

THE SECRET OF THE RED FLAME
By K. M. Kimball
A Reader's Guide for Grades 4 and Up
Guide Developed by Nicole M. Jensen
About the Book
After Jozef loses the earnings from his family's butcher shop to a gang, he vows to recover the money. Despite his brother's warnings, Jozef and his friends form a secret society to infiltrate the gangs that have been victimizing the Polish-American community in 1871 Chicago.
As Chicago threatens to erupt in flames, Jozef pursues a foe far more dangerous -- and evil -- than the homeless waifs who stole his family's cash.
In a city in flames, can Jozef smoke out a killer?
Praise for THE SECRET OF THE RED FLAME:
"[T]his historical novel is refreshing in its willingness to take on difficult realities and weave them into a story with narrative force..." -- Booklist
THE SECRET OF THE RED FLAME
0-689-85174-X
Aladdin Paperbacks
About the Author
Always fascinated by the "mystery of history," author K. M. Kimball decided to feature the Great Chicago Fire in her latest mystery novel for children, THE SECRET OF THE RED FLAME. The carefully researched story focuses on the young hero's dramatic efforts to discover the truth behind the crimes in the city's Polish community. To do this, he enlists the aid of his older brother, an embittered Civil War veteran.
Ms. Kimball has written for children, teenagers, and adults for over twenty years. Her many novels have been publishe see more

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