Fire and Hemlock Book Summary and Study Guide

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Two people write stories and when they find out their stories are coming true, their love is tested to the limit. Polly is a little girl who runs into a funeral at a mansion when she is playing with her friend. She meets a man there named Thomas Lynn. Thomas needs Polly's help in selecting six pictures from a stack. One of the photos is called Fire and Hemlock, which he lets her keep so she can always remember him. Thomas and
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Polly continue their friendship as time goes on. They begin writing stories together and they find out that their stories are coming true. Members of Thomas' ex-wife's family are trying to stop the relationship between Thomas and Polly. Also, Polly's life at home begins crumbling. Her father leaves and her mother marries a new person. Polly moves out to go live with her grandmother.

Polly realizes that she loves Thomas. Thomas does not want to begin a relationship with Polly because of their age difference. Their relationship eventually ends when Thomas' ex-wife lies to Polly and tells her that Thomas is dying.

Several years later, Polly is sitting and looking at the picture called Fire and Hemlock. While she is looking at the picture, she realizes that all memories of Thomas are being erased from her life. Everyone she introduced Thomas to does not remember him. Polly becomes determined to find Thomas. She finds Thomas at a ceremony with his ex-wife. She has one last chance to win his love.
Best part of story, including ending: What I liked about this story was the chemistry between Polly and Thomas. They had a really good relationship even though Thomas was older than Polly. They wanted to be together even though they couldn't.

Best scene in story: My favorite part of the book was when Polly wins back Thomas at the end. This was a good part because she finally wins him from his ex-wife. This was good because his ex-wife was evil and Polly and Thomas deserved to be together.

Opinion about the main character: What I liked most about Polly was that she was determined to be with the person she loved. Her passion for love was very intriguing. Her character was very deep and loving.

The review of this Book prepared by Alex Peterson a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   special abilities Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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