Tony Abbott has written a powerful book for kids!
Firegirl is about Tom, who is shocked when a terribly scarred new girl comes into his seventh grade class. Like all his classmates, he is horrified by her appearance and doesn't want to think about how she was burned that badly. As the other kids do, he avoids her.
But gradually Tom begins to approach Jessica, at least in private. And they sort of become friends although he still finds her appearance disturbing.
While not many kids are severely burned and disfigured like Jessica, many kids with various special needs are in similar situations because "normal" kids are uncomfortable or even afraid around them. Sometimes the same thing happens to those who are different in other ways, such as their race or the language they speak.
I hope this book helps a lot of people understand it's what's on the inside that counts the most and to accept others who are different from themselves.