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He let the matchstick burn, knowing the power in his hand... flame filled the inside of his head. It ran along his arteries. It licked around his bones.
Kitty Wix is knocked over as a strange loping figure is seen fleeing the burning stables. But who is the 'fire-raiser' and why is he creating such terror? Kitty has her own suspicions, and so do other children in the town. When the crazed man with fire in his head strikes again, the children find themselves in terrible danger.
A thrilling children's classic from the award-winning author of The Fat Man, Salt and Gool.
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Formats & editions

Also by Maurice Gee

Plumb Trilogy
The Limping Man
Gool NZ Edition
Salt NZ Edition
The Limping Man: The Salt Trilogy Volume III
Under the Mountain
Access Road
The Fat Man
The Fire-Raiser
Hostel Girl
Orchard Street
The Champion
The World Around The Corner
Halfmen Of O
Priests of Ferris
The Halfmen of O: The O Trilogy Volume 1
Motherstone: The O Trilogy Volume 3
The Priests of Ferris: The O Trilogy Volume 2
Ellie & the Shadow Man


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
WaR: Wizards And Robots
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons series)
Kensy and Max 1: Breaking News
Friday Barnes 1: Girl Detective
Ranger's Apprentice 1: The Ruins Of Gorlan
The Hazel Wood
Boy Overboard
Two Wolves
Magisterium: The Silver Mask
Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories
The Alchemyst
A Wrinkle In Time
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
OTHER WORLDS 2: Beast World
The Rains
Percy Jackson And The Greek Heroes
Danny The Champion Of The World
Magnus Chase And The Ship Of The Dead (Book 3)