Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August - ESSENTIAL

August, John Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, 318 pages.  Roaring Brook (Macmillan), 2018.  $17.  Language: G (1 swear, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger and fighting).

Since is father fled to China to escape reprisals for some of his work, Arlo, his sister and his mother have moved from place to place.  Now they have come rock-bottom.  They are back in Pine Mountain, Colorado, where his parents grew up, sharing the old family home with their taxidermist uncle.  But their uncle is not the strangest thing about Pine Mountain.  The local Boy Scout-like troop that Arlo has joined  actually use supernatural forces in their scouting.  They and other Ranger troops, as they are called,  live near the Long Woods, the borderlands between our world and the eldritch world.  Years ago a child disappeared and Arlo may be next.

August does a good job of setting up the world while setting things up for a deeper book next in the series.  At least that’s what I assume, because there are lots of great loose ends and places to dive even deeper.  So much fun!

EL, MS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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