Siria’s father is a firefighter. Every night, Siria listens for the sound of sirens. Then, with her friend Douglas, she runs with the red fire trucks to bring her dad good luck. Siria thinks someone has been setting small fires in the neighborhood. She sees flames in the old shed, in the movie theater, and near the creek. Coincidentally, wherever there is a fire, there is always a dog—and Siria wants him for her own. When Siria finds some green wool belonging to someone she knows in the charred shed, she starts to investigate. Even though Siria knows that all the evidence points to her suspect, she realizes that it is possible that someone else could be the arsonist – and she is hoping that is the case.
I liked how, at the beginning of some of the chapters, there were different myths about how the different constellations came to be because Siria was named after the star Sirius. I also liked this book because I did not expect the ending. I would recommend this book for kids ages 8-12.
Wendy Lamb Books
Patricia Reilly Giff