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- Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 191mm x 18mm | 220g
- Publication date: 6 August 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0755347889
- ISBN 13: 9780755347889
- Illustrations note: Black and white
- Sales rank: 427,132
A sassy and entertaining illustrated debut from Cathy Brett Pyromania: A mental derangement, excitement or excessive enthusiasm for fire. Having celebrity parents isn't as hot as it sounds. Yes, there's money to burn, fame and some totally smoking guys...But when your dad's more interested in blazing a trail to the top of the charts than why you got kicked out of school, again, it can make you seriously angry. And if there's one thing Ember knows, it's that the smallest spark of anger can ignite a whole heap of trouble...
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Cathy Brett has been scribbling stuff for more than twenty years - as a fashion illustrator, as a jet-setting spotter of global trends and as a consultant to the behemoths of the British high street. She now lectures in design and unashamedly plunders her students' lives for sensational storylines and characters.
By TeensReadToo 20 Sep 2010
Def: Pyromania - a mental derangement, excitement, or excessive enthusiasm for fire.
Ember Fury - Londoner, punk princess, and aspiring artist - finds herself on a plane from Heathrow to L.A. Her mother has died, leaving Ember with her estranged father, Lyndon Fury (rock-star royalty), and her newly acquired step-mum (who she is not particularly fond of).
Ember brings a lot of baggage with her - emotionally draining baggage. She has never really dealt with her mother's death, and is angry with her father for leaving. To cope, Ember develops an obsession with fire - an obsession that quickly spirals out of control.
She also creates an imaginary friend, Ned, who whisks her off to London, circa the 1940's, when things get too hard to handle.
Ember does not adjust well to Hollywood living. The plastic, Barbie-doll girls try to initiate Ember into their group, but those attempts go down in flames. Ember also meets a cute, punk boy named Finn, who turns out to be a player in sheep's clothing.
Through it all, Ember maintains a nonchalant, don't-give-a-crap attitude; pretending not to care about anyone, including herself. Then, she hits rock bottom, and Ember has to figure out how to pull herself up out of the void.
Cathy Brett has written a fresh, funky story that is part graphic novel, film script, diary, sketchbook, and blog. I think teen readers will appreciate the diversity this novel offers. It was definitely a fun book to read!
I am looking forward to Brett's forthcoming novel, SCARLETT DEDD. Ms. Brett is actually running a contest to help promote the new novel. Check out her blog at www.emberfury.co.uk to see how you can become an illustrated character in SCARLETT DEDD!
*Gold Star Award Winner!