Bobby Burns lives in the magical town of Keely Bay, a place where the residents include a girl who can use her dreams to heal injured animals and a man who is a literal fire-eater. However, Bobby's idyllic life is challenged when his father comes down with a mysterious illness, the ramifications of which threaten to destroy the entire family. Further complications arise when Bobby transfers to a new, and rather dislikable, school, and he begins to fear that escalating nuclear tensions between the US and the USSR will bring about the end of the world. Winner of the 2003 Whitbread Award in the Children's Novel category.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Subgenre: Boys + Men, General, Historical / Europe