alternate families busking death of a parent EAL ELLEnglish language learners English as a second language English as an additional language ESL fire breathing performance foster family found family grief hi-lo hi/lo high interest high-low high/low juggling juggling fire loss of a parent low readability low reading level orphan performing arts reading strategies reluctant reader runaways street performer struggling readers teen issues teen readers young adult readers
When Ally's mom dies, Ally is left with no family, no friends and no future. Put into foster care at the age of fifteen, she has less than $200 to her name and nothing left to lose. When Ally meets Tate, a busking fire breather, she starts to see a new life for herself as a street performer. Ally decides to run away from her foster home, but her problems follow her. Hiding her age, sleeping on the streets and avoiding fights with other buskers, Ally discovers that there's more to life as a fire-breathing busker than not getting burned.
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