Wildfire: A Novel
Twelve-year-old Sam is at camp in the Maine woods while his mother is in rehab. Sam knows how hard it is for her, so when the camp is being evacuated under threat of a wildfire, he knows he has to have his phone to stay in touch with her. When he runs back to the cabin to get it, he is left behind. He starts hiking away from the fire and finds an abandoned lumber camp and an old Jeep. Fortunately, his late father taught him enough, so he can make it work. He finds another left-behind camper, Delphy, and she goes with him. They have a harrowing journey, with dangers and surprises around every corner.
Rodman Philbrick has written an action-packed, highly intense, and timely novel that will keep kids (and the rest of us!) turning pages to the very end. The characters are believable, the setting terrific, and the writing lively. Back-matter gives real perspective to the story with information on the impact of climate change, a short history of the 1947 fire in Maine, and survival tips for this tinder-dry world we live in. Don’t miss this one.
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