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Children's Fiction School & Education

Matthew and the Midnight Firefighter

by (author) Allen Morgan

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Dec 2003
School & Education, Readers, Intermediate
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2003
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2004
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Matthew's latest ambition is to become a firefighter. So that evening, when he and his mother enjoy a July long-weekend barbecue, Matthew supervises his mother carefully. "These coals stay hot for a very long time," he reminds her. After watching the fireworks, Matthew goes to bed, still thinking about fire safety as he hears the sound of the last hissing rockets zoom up into the sky.

Before he knows it, Matthew is wide-awake. A rocket streaks through his window and lands on the floor, hissing, burning, and just about to explode! Quickly Matthew douses the flames with a glass of water, and immediately, a fireman climbs up a ladder and jumps in through the window. Praising the boy's quick thinking, he recruits Matthew for the Midnight Fire Department. And not a moment too soon. A call comes in from the fire hall, Matthew grabs his boots and his new firefighter hat, and AWAY THEY GO!

A wild and imaginative adventure that could only happen after bedtime, Matthew and the Midnight Firefighter is a fast-paced story for beginner readers who are almost ready for longer chapter books.

About the author

Allen Morgan has written 25 books for children and 1 for adults. He was born on September 29, 1946 in New York City. He is married to Leslie and has a son named Timothy. In 1973 he became a Canadian citizen, also in the year 1980 Allen Morgan started writing his books. Before he became a author he had many different jobs such as a story teller, kindergarten teacher, artist, camel consultant, territory guide, member of the Lost Expedition and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

"...a simple story designed for the independent reader, with a simple chapter format..."
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