Friday, September 20, 2019

Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick - ESSENTIAL

Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick, 208 .  Blue Sky (Scholastic), 2019.  $18.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger)



Sam’s summer camp is being evacuated as a huge fire is approaching.  When he runs back to his cabin to grab his cell phone he gets cut off from the rest of the campers and must survive on his own.  He stumbles upon a cabin stocked with a helpful Jeep and then picks up Delphy, another lost camper.  Together they are racing against the odds to survive.  Their plight gets even worse when they are spotted by the reckless arsonists who have been setting the forest on fire.  Now not only is nature working against them, but also men who don’t want their crimes to be known.

Full of close calls and abrupt rescues, which stretch the imagination a bit, Philbrick’s book is still heart pounding enough to be a welcome read by many.

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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