Framed in Fire


Albert Whitman & Company, 1999

When his stepfather conspires to keep thirteen-year-old Peter at a mental institution, Peter begins to piece together secrets about his past with the help of his younger brother’s strangely prophetic dreams.

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“The story’s mix of fast-paced action, psychological drama and family conflict, all spiced with a pinch of the paranormal, has mass appeal.”  —Publishers Weekly

“(Patneaude’s) writing style is so robust that…there’s more than enough suspense in the fast-paced narrative to keep (readers) entertained.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“Kids looking for enjoyable adventure will warm to the ‘My real parents would never be this mean’ fantasy played out as truth in novel form.”  —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Patneaude’s story has enough tension and suspense to keep the pages turning.”  —School Library Journal

  • 2001-2002 Mark Twain Award Master List
  • 2001-2002 Golden Sower Award Master List
  • 2002-2003 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • Honor Book, Society of School Librarians International