Wildfire: A Novel

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Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick sends readers straight into the nightmare of a raging wildfire as 12-year-old Sam is trapped by explosive flames and deadly smoke that threaten to take his life. Can he survive?

Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp as evacuation buses are loading, but Sam runs back to get his phone. Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode. Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his bus, and there's only one thing to do: Run for his life. Run or die.

Lungs burning, Sam's only goal is to keep moving. Drought has made the forest a tinderbox, and Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father. Then, when he least expects it, he encounters Delphy, an older girl who is also lost. Their unlikely friendship grows as they join forces to find civilization.

The pace never slows, and eventually flames surround Sam and Delphy on all sides. A powerful bond is forged that can only grow out of true hardship-as two true friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.

At the end of the novel, information about wildfires and useful safety tips add to the reader's understanding of one of the US's most dangerous natural disasters.---from the publisher

208 pages                                      978-1338266900                      Ages 8-12

Keywords:  wildfire, fire, action/adventure, natural disaster, disaster, survival, friendship, wilderness,  8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old

Editor's note: short chapters, fast-paced, good choice for reluctant readers and Jokesters

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Twelve year-old Sam Castine Is trapped deep in the Maine wilderness after trying to retrieve his forgotten cell phone during a frenzied, smoke-filled evacuation of his summer camp. With wildfires raging, Sam gets left behind.

This is an action packed survival story centered around two characters, working together to escape. Delphy was also left behind as well due to being away from her all girls camp in order to send some text messages. Sam and Delphy know they messed up but are smart and resourceful as they struggle to survive the disaster that has engulfed them.

If it is an action packed story you crave, then Wildfire is perfect.

Wildfire is reminiscent of Hatchet and the real-life saga Lost on a Mountain in Maine.

Philbrick one of my favorite authors, transforms a raging inferno into an impressively plotted escape story full of heart.

This book will appeal to all middle grade readers.
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