by Helen Dunlap Newton
Izzy just wants to be a normal eleven-year-old kid with friends, less homework and a dad that doesn’t turn mean when he drinks. Having a birthday party would help but how does she convince her parents when there’s never enough money? None of it matters when her family’s house burns to the ground and her father doesn’t escape the flames. Even worse is the guilt she feels, thinking the fire is her fault. Afraid to tell anyone about the cause of the fire, Izzy obsesses about the old brick theater next to the family’s store and the strange noises from deep inside the building. Will an elusive cat, the creepy theater, and a strange old lady guide her to the forgiveness she so desperately needs?