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Paradise on Fire

Author

Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Suggested grade level:

6th - 8th

Climate Commitment:

Read more about climate change and share what you learn

How to check out:

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Language:

English

Book notes:

Contains death/heavy subjects

AR Points:

4.0

About the Book

A 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. Now, 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.

Climate Commitment Activity

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Reflection Sheets and Book Reviews

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