I read this book around 2003 or before.

It is a fantastical story. It is about a child who found new friends (a brother and sister). These kids plays role-playing games in the new friends' basement. Near to the end the new friends' house is burned down, but it turns out the fire was set to get money insurance.

closed as off-topic by Valorum, Edlothiad, Chenmunka, Politank-Z, RDFozz Jul 19 '18 at 21:08

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    What about this story is fantastical or science-fictional? – Valorum Jul 19 '18 at 19:43
  • it is fantastical – yamileto Jul 19 '18 at 20:03
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    This question would be improved by going through the checklists here; How to ask a good story-ID question?, specifically focusing on the sci-fi/fantasy elements. Note that simply because it's a fictional story doesn't make it on-topic for SFF – Valorum Jul 19 '18 at 20:04
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    As noted in the "on hold" message, if there is a fantasy/SF aspect to the story, edit it into the question and it can be reopened. – RDFozz Jul 19 '18 at 21:09
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    Just saying "it was fantastical" isn't enough. You have to give us some indication of why, even if it's just a sniff. – Valorum Jul 19 '18 at 23:11