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  Firmament by Tim Bowler

Review by: Lance A.
Pennsylvania, Grade K

Luke is a highly gifted pianist but is uncertain of his place in the world. His grief over his father's death is still a deep pain for him, and he has turned this grief into a kind of anger at everyone and everything. He can't stand his mother's new boyfriend; he is sullen and rude to his teachers.

The only place he thinks he fits in is with local outcasts Daz, Speed and Skin. Totally ruled by the unstable Skin, all the boys follow Skin's every wish. All of this is just a way to

Some of the events toward the end of this book feel somewhat forced, but at the same time Tim Bowler is able to maintain a wonderful sense of magic through the characters. FIRMAMENT provides a wonderful coming-of-age story combined with an exciting edge of suspense.

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