Publication Date: February 06, 2018
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Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure
Ages 8 to 12
Screenwriter John August's debut novel about a 12-year-old boy who joins a special scout team to learn how to survive in both the wilds of the forest and the magical world that lies within it.
When Arlo Finch moves to Pine Mountain, Colorado, he has no idea what's in store for him in this tiny town full of mystery and magic. When he joins the Rangers, Pine Mountain's version of the Boy Scouts, it leads him into adventures he never thought possible. Wilderness and magical powers collide throughout the beautiful, dense forest surrounding his new home, and as Arlo begins to learn the way of the Rangers, he also discovers courage, strength, and a destiny he never knew he possessed.
Screenwriter and long-time Tim Burton collaborator John August has created a new fantasy adventure trilogy that draws readers in from the very first page and introduces them to an exciting new world of magic and danger so believable that you may wonder if it exists in your own backyard. Accessible, readable, fun, and well-paced, this is a book that reads like it should be on your TV screen, right after you finish watching Stranger Things.
Combine Boy Scouts with wicked magic and you’ve got Arlo and his friends. John August takes us into the world of Arlo Finch, a boy who has always felt different until now, when he finally finds his place in the world. From the Rangers’ sledding to strange creatures trying to murder him at night, Arlo takes it all in stride. This book echoes long after being read, just like the magic “thunderclaps” Arlo makes. - Lin