By Caroline B. Cooney
Will the California wildfires convey Danna the summer time pleasure she craves?
within the Southern California suburb of Pinch Canyon, one of the pools and tennis courts, fifteen-year-old Danna Press reveals her summer time existence so boring she longs for a few cinematic pleasure. A kidnapping? An earthquake? A presidential assassination test? Even the feared wildfires she watches on television, raging in close by la, appear like they might liven issues up. although the wildfires are miles away with little to no likelihood of approaching her domestic, Danna has a contingency evacuation plan in place—her kittens and the neighbor's horses first, her brother corridor, moment. Her mom and dad are adequately at paintings. yet straight away the fireplace expands and threatens every little thing Danna and the opposite Pinch Canyon citizens carry dear.
In an action-packed hour and a part, minute by means of minute, the wildfires will adjust the lives of everybody who lives and works in Pinch Canyon—including seventeen-year-old Elony, a up to date immigrant, and her younger cost, Geoffrey; good-looking youngster Beau Severyn and his awkward little sister, Elisabeth; and the firefighters themselves.
This e-book positive factors an illustrated biography of Caroline B. Cooney together with infrequent photographs and never-before-seen records from the author's own collection.
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