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By Eva Ibbotson

ISBN-10: 0230737889

ISBN-13: 9780230737884

Weekly ballet periods are Harriet Morton's in simple terms break out from her intolerably uninteresting lifestyles. So while she is selected to affix a corps de ballet that is surroundings off on a journey of the Amazon, she leaps on the probability to run away for sturdy. appearing within the grand opera homes is every thing Harriet dreamed of, and falling in love with an aristocratic exile makes her new lifestyles entire. Swept away by way of all of it, she is unaware that her father and meant fiance have began to trace her down. . .

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Sometimes, the stressful situation is constant bickering and fighting between a child's parents. "Scott," a fiveyear-old only child, had a history of setting fires. According to his mother, the boy had set fifteen fires since the age of two. The mother disciplined Scott at least once a day. His most recent fire had been a blanket, which he lit while his parents were arguing on the phone. Currently separated, Scott's mother acknowledged that the boy's firesetting was a response to the parents' problems.

40 CHAPTER THREE The preteenage firesetters (ages nine to twelve) displaced this hostility onto others by fighting with their peers. They were poor losers and, paradoxically, were easily led by their peers. Among the physical symptoms in this age group were tics and twitches. They also had nightmares and poor eye contact. In the teenage firesetters (ages thirteen to seventeen), who shared overall many more of the behavioral problems, frustration and aggression were expressed through such means as strange thought patterns, bizarre speech, and severe depressions.

That is, one-third (35) were between the ages of four and eight, one-third (34) were between the ages of nine and twelve, and the remaining third (35) were between the ages of thirteen and seventeen. The median age for this group was ten, and "PLAYING-WITH-MATCHES" FIRESETTERS 43 their ages ranged from four to seventeen, with a fairly even dispersement among each of the ages. In terms of sex, males accounted for 91 of the 104 arsonists (88 percent). In terms of racial or ethnic background, Caucasians accounted for 94 of the firesetters (91 percent), followed by Mexican-Americans (6 percent) and blacks (3 percent).

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