Author(s): Tim Wynne-Jones
Dec hasn't seen his mother for six years. Having moved into a new home with his father, Dec rarely visits the old family home, until one day he makes a horrific discovery there - a man crushed to death in the hall. Was it an accident or is it more than a coincidence that Dec recognizes the would-be thief? Suddenly the house is alive with memories, prompting Dec to investigate the past and piece together the puzzle which will reveal the elusive truth about his mother's disappearance.
Author biography Tim Wynne-Jones was born in Cheshire, but has lived in Canada since he was three, where he now has a considerable reputation and following. The Boy in the Burning House was the first of his books to be published in the UK and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (having already won numerous awards in North America, including the Crime Writers of America 'Edgar' trophy for Best Mystery Story for Young Adults). His second UK release, The Survival Game, is also longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.