|Arlo Finch in the valley of fire (Arlo Finch)|
Author: August, John
[#1] A twelve-year-old joins a special scout team assuming he would learn basic camping and survival skills only to find out he must also learn how to harness wild magic that is seeping into the real world to destroy it.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 193269
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 72573
Kirkus Reviews (-) (12/01/17)
School Library Journal (02/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 4–7—Arlo Finch's family has returned to his mother's hometown of Pine Mountain, CO, to try to regain some normalcy after a stressful few years. But nothing is normal in Pine Mountain. From the house they live in that comes complete with an eccentric taxidermist uncle to the magical creatures that have taken special notice of Arlo, adventure and mystery are everywhere. To make new friends, 12-year-old Arlo joins the Rangers, a scoutlike group, and finds that they don't just learn to build fires—they learn some magic craft and about creatures from other realms. As Arlo prepares for his first test to advance a rank, he has no idea he and his friends' lives will be at stake. Much like other popular series such as "Percy Jackson," magic and realism are woven together. The first novel is clearly laying the groundwork for future installments, and it is very fertile ground. Enough questions are answered to provide satisfaction, but unanswered questions and mysteries that remain. VERDICT An exciting fantasy novel grounded in reality with a strong emphasis on friendships and great characters. This new series will appeal to fans of mystery and adventure as well as reluctant readers.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.