Paradise on Fire (Compact Disc)

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Six New York City kids spend a couple weeks at a ranch deep in the California mountains. The ranch owner and two college-age counselors push the kids to take on more difficult challenges each day, in preparation for a final 3-night camping trip with the counselors. On the first night of the trip, the smell of smoke awakens a camper; soon they are all groggily watching a forest fire advance toward them. As the group argues about the best escape route, fire separates three kids from the others. Both scary and exciting, Rhodes has penned a blazingly good story.

— Kay Wosewick

September/October 2021 Kids Indie Next List


“Addy suffers from the memory of the house fire that killed her parents, and then a forest fire overwhelms her at wilderness camp. A gripping and satisfying novel for middle-grade readers.”
— Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

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From award-winning and bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age survival tale exploring issues of race, class, and climate change Addy is haunted by the tragic fire that killed her parents, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother. Now, years later, Addy's grandmother has enrolled her in a summer wilderness program. There, Addy joins five other Black city kids--each with their own troubles--to spend a summer out west. Deep in the forest the kids learn new (and to them) strange skills: camping, hiking, rock climbing, and how to start and safely put out campfires. Most important, they learn to depend upon each other for companionship and survival. But then comes a devastating forest fire... Addy is face-to-face with her destiny and haunting past. Developing her courage and resiliency against the raging fire, it's up to Addy to lead her friends to safety. Not all are saved. But remembering her origins and grandmother's teachings, she's able to use street smarts, wilderness skills, and her spiritual intuition to survive.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781668600405
ISBN-10: 1668600404
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Language: English