Paradise on Fire

Paradise on Fire

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BCALA 2021 Best of the Best Book

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. 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 28mm | 318g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 031649383X
  • 9780316493833
  • 1,075,227

Review quote

Placing biracial boyhood and the struggles of colorism at its center, the novel challenges readers to pursue their own self-definition.--Kirkus
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About Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor; Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award; and the New York Times-bestselling Ghost Boys; as well as Bayou Magic; Towers Falling; Black Brother, Black Brother; and Paradise on Fire. She has written many award-novels for adults, including, MAGIC CITY, a novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Jewell is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
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375 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 22% (83)
4 46% (174)
3 27% (102)
2 4% (16)
1 0% (0)
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