Synopses & Reviews
Set in the small English village of Stonebridge, the Orchard on Fire tells the story of eight-year-old April Harlency's coming-of-age in a place where the charm of the local landscape contrasts sharply with the predjuices and vagaries of the adult world. When April encounters the red-haired, energetic Ruby Richards, the two girls become fast friends. Together, they abandon the physical and mental abuse forced on them by adults in their lives and transform an abandoned railway car in an orchard into their secret hideaway, an idyllic camp of shared dreams.
"Enthralling from the first page to the last...celebrates love and friendship and the resilinece of children."-The Boston Globe
"A wonderous novel that will birth emotions anew, age them with experience and tinge them with an aching melancholy." -The Washington Post