Kid’s Book Review: Paradise on Fire

Kid’s Book Review: Paradise on Fire

About the Book and Author

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 programme. 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 furious forest fire and the time has come for Addy to discover if she has the strength to be a survivor.

Paradise on Fire is published by Hachette.

Paradise on Fire cover
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning educator and writer for both youth and adults. She is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair at Arizona State University and the Founding Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Book Review

I read the full book in just two days

Addy is a brave girl, she overcame all the problems and she survived in the end.

This book was so exciting and I couldn’t wait to read everything she did, so I read full the book in just two days which is fast for me because English is not my first language.

I also learned some camping skills through this book that I think I will be able to use when I go camping.

However, I didn’t like it when the story mentions Black kids in a bad way. Even though I’m not black my best friend is and I found it upsetting. It made me think about how wrong and unfair racial prejudice is.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Alston
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: basketball, video games and reading books
  • Dislikes: eating berries and having baths
  • Favourite Book: Adventure Duck v Power Pug by Steve Cole
  • Favourite Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Favourite Song: Let it Be by The Beetles