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For young parents Marilyn and Brad, adopting an orphan girl from Belgorod, Russia, was supposed to make their lives complete. But from the moment she arrives, 12-year-old Zhanna has one thing on her mind: setting fire to the family couch. At first Marilyn is determined to love the pyromania right out of her new daughter. But when Brad jets away on business - or so it seems - Marilyn is forced into a dark and hilarious game of cat-and-mouse with the preteen pyromaniac. Can Marilyn get through to Zhanna before she burns down the house - and before her own life goes down in flames?
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By Imweezle on 01-09-15
A glimpse of America in every word
What did you love best about The Junior Arsonists Club?
The story was a fun little romp through an American family's adoption and the comical problems associated with their daughter. The writing was light and airy, and the story was eerily easy to apply to someone you know.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Junior Arsonists Club?
The various attempts the adopted child has made to destroy the family couch through various forms of pyrotechnics.
Have you listened to any of Amy McFadden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
N/A. I have never listed to her before.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, it is a short story that's easy to digest on a long trip and will keep you interested.
Any additional comments?
If I could fault the story in one area, it would be that it does not always stay consistent in regards to locations and times. At one point in the last half of the book, our main character is talking to various people which I assume are in various places and at different times. It's hard to follow slightly, but overall doesn't detract from the story. Just a bit difficult to follow towards the end is all.
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By Andrea on 05-20-18
Being a mother is hard, but that's nothing new
I expected less problems and more entertainment from this story. The mother's desire for perfection could not convince me and her character remained shallow. The adoptive daughter seemed to be the most normal person. The story delivered some good laughs though, but that wasn't enough for me.
The narrator, however, was flawless.