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|Wildfire : a novel|
Author: Philbrick, W. R.
Thirteen-year-old Sam Castine is at summer camp while his mother is in rehab, but when the camp is evacuated ahead of a fast moving wildfire, he makes the mistake of going back for his phone, and finds himself left behind, disoriented, and running for his life, together with a girl, Delphy, from a different camp. Finding an old jeep keeps them going, but in the wilds of Maine, there are only logging roads and the deadly crown fire is everywhere.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 503658
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/19)
The Hornbook (00/09/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/15/2019 In this fast-paced story, two young people struggle to survive after they're stranded in a dangerous wildfire in the Maine woods. Sam is left behind when he returns to camp for his cell phone. On foot, he finds an old logging trail and eventually comes upon a cabin with canned food and an old Jeep. A bit conveniently, Sam is able to drive the Jeep despite being only 12, having driven one with his dad, a civilian truck driver killed in Afghanistan. As he flees an encroaching fire, Sam nearly runs over Delphy, a tall, 14-year-old girl also left behind at a nearby witness camp. Wild animal encounters become the least of their problems after they witness—and are spotted by—dirt bikers deliberately setting fires. Delphy's science smarts and Sam's dogged determination and wilderness skills help them survive for six harrowing days. Exciting short chapters will appeal to readers, especially those familiar with the recent devastating wildfires in California, and an afterward contains wildfire survival tips. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.