Flash fire

Author Cooney, Caroline B.
Language English
Scholastic/Point 198p. 18cm $4.50., 1995


As fire sweeps through a canyon near Los Angeles, teenagers Danna and Hall Press and other children whose parents are not around must work together to save themselves.

Subjects :

  • Brothers and sisters
  • Fiction
  • Wildfires

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Thirteenth Edition, 1997 National Council of Teachers of English
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 1996 American Library Association

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • California Young Reader Medal, 1998; Nominee California
  • Golden Sower Award, 1998; Nominee Nebraska
  • Lone Star Reading List, 1997-1998; Texas

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Reading Measurement Programs:

Scholastic/Point 198p. 18cm $4.50. () 1995.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader Points 6

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 820
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 4
Accelerated Reader Points 8

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Reviews :

Barbara Jo McKee (KLIATT Review, March 1997 (Vol. 31, No. 2))
In this story of a California brush fire that heads for a canyon where the rich inhabitants are certain nothing will touch them, Cooney relates the chilling events of a flash fire minute by minute and those whose lives are consumed by it. This is also a story of three different families and their relations with their children as well as about the maids who serve the families and the lives of the firefighters. This adventure story rings so true it will have you thinking the next time you hear about a flash fire. Cooney has done it again. This story will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Recommended highly. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1995, Scholastic/Point, 198p. 18cm, $4.50. Ages 13 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic/Point 198p. 18cm $4.50., PUBLISHED: 1995)

Susan Dove Lempke (Booklist, November 1, 1995 (Vol. 92, No. 5))
Danna's wish for a more exciting life comes true as a fire sweeps through her luxurious L.A. neighborhood. Among other residents struggling to escape are Elony, a recent immigrant who provides the scathing impressions of an outsider; adored son Beau Severyn and his belittled younger sister; and Danna's brother, Hall, who is forced to choose between life and death for one of the group. In quickly sketched passages, Cooney introduces a number of other characters, including several parents, creating an impression of the riches linked to parental love and the damage inflicted by parental neglect. Add to that thorough research, a humorously ironic tone, and page-turning action, and you have a high-quality offering that will appeal to reluctant readers as well as to teens who relish adventure stories. Try this on YAs who liked Cooney's Flight #116 Is Down (1992). Category: Older Readers. 1995, Scholastic, $14.95. Gr. 7-10.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1995)
In Los Angeles's Pinch Canyon at 3:15 P.M., Danna Press, 15, watches the wildfires consuming the area on television, wishing they'd come her way and liberate her from homework. An hour later, her wishes have been drastically altered: Her leg is broken by a panicky horse and she can't escape the stable when it bursts into flame. Her brother finds her and carries her to safety as the fires leapfrog the steep, narrow roads of the neighborhood. In a tense, minute-by-minute account of the blaze, Cooney (Both Sides of Time, p. 854, etc.) takes readers into the lives of various residents of the canyon as they flee the fire. Cooperation is a new experience for most of them, who are depicted as vapid, self-centered, overprivileged youth (their equally self-centered parents are busy away from home). In fact, only a few characters inspire much sympathy (a Central American maid, an adopted Romanian child, and an American teenager, Beau, who loses his life trying to reconcile an old family sorrow), but most readers will be swept along to the finish by the sure plotting and sheer suspense. 1995, Scholastic, $14.95. © 1995 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Jim Brewbaker (The ALAN Review, Spring 1996 (Vol. 23, No. 3))
Flash Fire chronicles two hours of life and death in Pinch Canyon, an affluent cut that everyone (it's hard to tell why) assumes is safely out of the path of a devastating Southern California fire. Flawed in other respects, the narrative--jumping back and forth as it follows nearly a dozen teenagers, parents, servants, and even tourists--skillfully captures the unpredictable and deadly power of the fire. Cooney is at her best in descriptive passages detailing its rapid and relentless movement. She is far less skillful in creating believable characters. Everyone in Flash Fire is a caricature: Mark, who gives his life to save his brother's ashes from the blaze; Matt, who thinks the fire is such neato fun; airhead Danna who wouldn't be plausible as an extra in Clueless; adults who are worse than the kids. This cynical reviewer was tempted to root for the fire. Cooney's youthful fans, though, will find Flash Fire to be a page-turner. 1995, Scholastic, 198 pp., $14.95. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Elizabeth Bush (The Bulletin of the Center for ChildrenÂ’s Books, January 1996 (Vol. 49, No. 5))
Beverly Hills 90210 meets The Towering Inferno in this, ahem, sure-fire crowd pleaser. Materially spoiled and emotionally neglected children of work-obsessed, beautiful people are collectively alone in their upscale canyon homes as local brush fires escalate into a raging conflagration. Sure, it's formulaic, but the formula works, as Cooney condenses the plot into one hour and forty minutes of nonstop action: looters strip prizes from victims, parents pursue their selfish concerns, and the canyon kids (ranging from tots to teenagers) try to keep a step ahead of fiery death. The rapid ricocheting among scenes will strike a familiar chord with readers more attuned to TV than to books, hustling even the most reluctant effortlessly through the novel. R--Recommended. Reviewed from galleys (c) Copyright 1996, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1995, Scholastic, [176p], $14.95. Grades 6-9.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Scholastic/Point 198p. 18cm $4.50., 1995

Media Type:

New York: Scholastic, 1995

Media Type: Language Material
198 p. ;
PZ7.C7834 ([Fic])

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