A refreshingly honest portrayal of an adolescent boy dealing with unexpected diversity, Firegirl by Tony Abbott is a powerful story of courage and compassion. When the new girl joins Tom’s class, the students quickly realize they weren’t prepared to take in her shocking appearance. Jessica’s badly burned face and body immediately set her apart from the rest of the 7th graders enrolled at St. Catherine’s School. Although unsure of how to proceed with Jessica, Tom knows he doesn’t agree with the fear-based judgements and bullying his friends are exhibiting. As the story progresses, Tom gets the courage to talk to Jessica. He learns more about her and the tragic accident that changed her life forever. In doing so, he gains valuable lessons about friendship, kindness, and compassion.