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Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Addy always has an escape plan. Haunted by the fire that killed her parents when she was four, Addy is constantly preparing for danger. Now, her grandmother has enrolled her in a special wilderness survival camp. She and five other inner city kids will learn what it really means to live in the wild. Although Addy is skeptical, she finds she loves exploring the outdoors and mapping every inch of it. But when a dangerous forest fire breaks out, Addy is forced to face the fears that have followed her all her life.

Paradise on Fire is an interesting combination of survival story, conservation treatise, and story about race and class. The story is fast-paced and entertaining as well as educational and enlightening. Addy is a strong but relatable character with a powerful story to tell.

Recommended ages–11 and up

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