Publication Date: April 6, 2021
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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
From celebrated author and illustrator Brian Fies comes a firsthand account of the Northern California wildfires of 2017
From celebrated author and illustrator Brian Fies comes a firsthand account of the Northern California wildfires of 2017—revised and expanded, and now in paperback
Early morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures were destroyed. Author Brian Fies’s firsthand account of this tragic event is an honest, unflinching depiction of his personal experiences, including losing his house and every possession he and his wife had that didn’t fit into the back of their car. In the days that followed, as the fires continued to burn through the area, Brian hastily pulled together A Fire Story and posted it online—it immediately went viral. He has now expanded his original webcomic to include environmental insight and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community. A Fire Story is a candid testimony of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild. The updated and expanded Fire Story is an affordably priced paperback of 192 pages, including 32 pages of all-new material, extending the story past the events of the hardcover edition to include updates on the rebuilding, wrestling with insurance, wrangling with contractors, the management of sometimes volatile emotions, and the threats of yet another wildfire.
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