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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J PHI (Text) 33500013127154 New Checked out 06/01/2020
Thief River Falls Public Library j PHI (Text) 35500006217754 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781338266900
  • ISBN: 133826690X
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019.

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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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    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. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick has written more than a dozen novels for young readers. In 1993, he published his first children's book, Freak the Mighty, which became an instant classic, and was made into a feature film. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was a 2010 Newbery Honor Book. Philbrick's other acclaimed novels include Max the Mighty, The Young Man and the Sea, The Last Book in the Universe, Zane and the Hurricane, and Wildfire. Philbrick divides his time between Maine and the Florida Keys. You can learn more about him on his website:

Subject: Forest fires > Maine > Juvenile fiction.
Survival > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Maine > Juvenile fiction.
Forest fires > Fiction.
Survival > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Maine > Fiction.
Forest fires.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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