Fishing In Fire
by Trent Reedy
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Pub Date 07 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2023
W. W. Norton & Company, Norton Young Readers
A wildfire threatens to turn a fishing trip deadly for a group of friends in this high-stakes adventure set in the American wilderness.
Things are tense for the middle schoolers in McCall, Idaho, so when Annette Willard suggests a fishing trip, Swann Siddiq, Kelton Fielding, and Hunter and Yumi Higgins all jump at the chance to get away from the drama.
The group ventures out into the Idaho woods to Annette’s favorite river spot. But with the other four coupling off, Yumi quickly feels like she’s the only one catching fish, not feelings. Letting the others stay behind, Yumi makes her way home when she runs into Swann’s rival, McKenzie Crenner, and her friends—and instantly connects with professional fisher Mason Bridger.
But when they spot smoke rising in the woods between town and their fishing spot, they realize there’s a forest fire raging—and closing in on them. The two friend groups must put aside their feud and work together if they’re going to get out of the forest alive.
About the Author: Trent Reedy is the author of seven middle grade titles, and has won numerous honors, awards, and nominations. A U.S. Army veteran, Reedy grew up in Iowa and now lives in rural Washington with his wife and daughter.
Praise for Racing Storm Mountain: "Reedy’s writing style evokes classic authors like Gary Paulsen and Terry Lynn Johnson, but this book is also more than an adventure story. Rich dialogue ensues as the trio learn more about each other, exploring the differences they face due to their families’ socioeconomic statuses. In the midst of disaster, Swann, Kelton, and Hunter have realistic concerns that will resonate with tweens.... skillful, exciting companion to Hunter’s Choice. VERDICT A complex novel exploring socioeconomic status and friendship wrapped in an engaging adventure story." - School Library Journal
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Average rating from 4 members
Another great survival book by Trent Reedy that will have you wondering will they survive? There are so many realistic and tense moments as we see a group of eight kids watch as a fire gets closer to them. What started out as a fun fishing trip becomes a test of survival and courage especially when they reach a point where they can’t turn back? What can they do?
this reminded me a lot of what I enjoyed from Gary Paulsen's work but still be it's own thing. I really enjyoed the story and going on this adventure. I was really glad to read this and glad it was what I was hoping for from the description. I really enjoyed the way the characters were written and it did everything I was hoping for. Trent Reedy had a great writing style and I can't wait to read what comes next.
"You can do it, Higgins,” Yumi said. “Trust me.” It was the trust me that seemed to act like a trigger, a switch.
Hunter eased himself to the edge and jumped. Kelton, having watched the other two, quickly followed. Then Annette jumped. The others gathered at the top."
I did not realize this was part of a series when I requested it but I think the story works fine as a stand-alone, as well. The book follows 8 eighth graders whose summer fishing trip turns into a race to escape a wildfire. There's a lot of action, especially in the second half, as well as some cute character moments. I think this series would be a great option to hand to reluctant readers who only willing read Gary Paulsen and Alan Gratz. I appreciate that the book demonstrates how wildfires start in a way that works organically in the story. It's also nice to see a book set in Idaho that actually feels accurate to what Idaho is really like.