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Pullman, Philip.
New York : A. Levine/Scholastic, 1999.
IL 3-6, RL 7.0
ISBN 0590187198
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For as long as she can remember, Lea has known about fireworks.  That's because her father is a firework-maker.  He would put her cradle in the corner of his workshop where she could see sparks play and listen to fizzle and crash.  When she burned her fingers while toddling around the workshop, her father would splash water on them and kiss them to make them better; and Lea would continue to play.  When she was old enough to learn, her father taught her how to make fireworks.  She invented splendid new firework styles.  But when Lea spoke to her father about becoming an official firework- maker, he wouldn't agree to it.  Not only was she a girl ­ girls were not official firework-makers ­ but it was time that she start thinking of finding a husband.  So angry is Lea that she sets off, alone, on a dangerous mission ­ she will journey to the Fire-Fiend for the special ingredient that makes the finest fireworks.  Without that ingredient, Lea will never be a true firework-maker.  But alas . . . she sets off without having all the information she needs for a successful journey.   What she doesn't know is that, in order to get that special ingredient, she must have the magical water that will protect her from the flames of the Fire-Fiend.  Without the magical water, she'll never see her home again.

Will Lea become a firework-maker?  That's for you to find out by reading The Firework-Makerís Daughter.  (Mary Joan Kirkegard, Media Specialist, E. G. Hewitt Intermediate School, Ringwood, NJ)

SUBJECTS:     Fireworks -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Elephants -- Fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.

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