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Fire in Their Eyes:

Wildfires and the People Who Fight Them

Why would anyone stand in the way of a wildfire?

Despite the danger, a courageous few do combat wildfires, battling wilderness blazes from Alaska to Maine. And sometimes these firefighters even use fire as a tool for preservation. In their hands, one of nature’s most destructive and unpredictable forces becomes the means to protect people, animals, and the wild lands that are America’s greatest resource.

A dramatic environmental adventure about science, nature, and human daredevils that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

“Vivid photos . . . compelling account.” - Horn Book

“You can almost feel the heat.” - National Geographic World

  1. American Library Association “Quick Pick” Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

  2. A Top Nonfiction Book - National Council of Teachers of English

  3. Nonfiction Honor List - Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

  4. YA Top 40 - Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

  5. Maine Student Book Award - chosen by kids!

Written & photo-illustrated    by Karen Beil



Age 8 and up



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