Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire (Hardcover)

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When Arlo Finch moves to Pine Mountain, CO with his mom and his sister, the appearance of his Uncle’s childhood dog in ghost form is only the first in a long line of clues that there’s more to his new home than what meets the eye. When he joins the Rangers, a mix-gendered scouting troup, with his new friends, Indra Srinivasaraghavan-Jones and Henry Wu, he becomes acquainted with the mysterious Long Woods that their town is located along. The Long Woods is responsible for the appearance of a strange girl in Arlo’s mirror, roads that take him nowhere, and mysterious balls of light that attempt to lead him to his death. John August’s screenwriting background is apparent in this series opener filled with magic, mayhem and a century-old mystery. Readers beware: this books will leave you wanting more! Luckily this is only the first book in the series AND John August has a podcast about the process of writing and publishing this book for fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the industry!
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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire is the first book in a spellbinding fantasy adventure series by screenwriter John August.

Some trails lead to magic. Some lead to danger.

As Arlo looked around, the walls of his room began to vanish, revealing a moonlit forest. Only his bed remained, and the frame of his window, through which he saw the girl. The world on her side of the glass was sparkling with silver and gold, like a palace made of autumn leaves.
She looked off to her right. Someone was coming. Her words came in an urgent whisper: "If I can see you, they can see you . . . Be careful, Arlo Finch."

Arlo Finch thought becoming a Ranger meant learning wilderness skills, like camping and knots. But upon arriving in the tiny town of Pine Mountain, Colorado, Arlo soon learns there's so much more. His new friends Indra and Wu teach him how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods--a parallel realm of wonder and danger.

First he must master the basics, including snaplights, thunderclaps and identifying supernatural creatures. But Arlo Finch is no ordinary Ranger, and this is no ordinary time. A dark and ancient force is sending threats into the real world . . . our world.

Through perilous adventures and close calls, Arlo is awakened to his unique destiny--but the obstacles he faces will test the foundations of the Ranger's Vow: loyalty, bravery, kindness, and truth.

About the Author

John August is a screenwriter whose credits include Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie. He is also the creator of the Writer Emergency Pack, an educational storytelling school distributed to more than two thousand classrooms worldwide. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John now lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781626728141
ISBN-10: 1626728143
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Arlo Finch