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The Key to the Golden Firebird

(2004)
A novel by

 
 
When Mike Gold has a heart attack and dies in his 1967 Firebird, the car sits in the family garage untouched for a year. May, Brooks, and Palmer Gold--all teenage girls in what May calls the "Tall, Blond, and Wonderful Family"--suffer from neglect as well when their mother goes to work overtime at the hospital to pay the bills. The three girls deal with their father's death in different ways: Brooks quits softball and starts drinking, Palmer ferociously focuses on pitching and TV, hiding her panic attacks from everyone, and May tries to keep the family together. As the family unravels, the Firebird endures. Palmer uses the back seat as a place to escape, Brooks takes it out for a spin when she's drunk (and gets arrested), and for the grand finale, the three girls take the battleship-sized car to Camden Yards to throw their father's ashes on the pitcher's mound. Fortunately, this is the act that allows the girls to start anew, like the phoenix rising.


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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Key to the Golden Firebird
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 1-4352-3628-9 / 978-1-4352-3628-8 (USA edition)
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July 2005 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Key To The Golden Firebird (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
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ISBN: 1-4177-3375-6 / 978-1-4177-3375-0 (USA edition)
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July 2005 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Key to the Golden Firebird
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May 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Key to the Golden Firebird
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May 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Key to the Golden Firebird
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ISBN: 0-06-054139-3 / 978-0-06-054139-2 (USA edition)
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July 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Key To The Golden Firebird
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 1-4714-0176-6 / 978-1-4714-0176-3 (UK edition)
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July 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Key To The Golden Firebird
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 1-4714-0222-3 / 978-1-4714-0222-7 (UK edition)
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July 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Key to the Golden Firebird
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 0-06-054140-7 / 978-0-06-054140-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTeen
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July 2013 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Key To The Golden Firebird
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
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January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Key to the Golden Firebird
Author(s): Maureen Johnson
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