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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire

(Arlo Finch #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  908 ratings  ·  206 reviews
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 magi seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods - a parallel realm of wonder and danger.

First he must master the bas

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Roaring Brook Press
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John August Arlo Finch is a young-looking 12 years old in Valley of Fire.

Every kid is different, but if they enjoy adventurous fantasy fare, Arlo is suitable for…more
Arlo Finch is a young-looking 12 years old in Valley of Fire.

Every kid is different, but if they enjoy adventurous fantasy fare, Arlo is suitable for both the classic middle-grade audience (ages 8-12) and older. Friends tell me it's also good for chapter-a-night.(less)
John August It's the first in a trilogy. The second book, Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon, comes out Winter 2019.

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Wart Ihr früher bei den Pfadfindern? Ich schon. Mit stolz habe ich das fürchterlich störrische Khaki-Hemd und mein grünes Halstuch getragen! Das amerikanische Pendant zu unseren Pfadfindern sind die Ranger. Und um die geht es in diesem Buch. Aber nicht so normale Ranger wie Tick, Trick und Track beim Fähnlein Fieselschweif – nein, hier ist mehr Magie im Spiel…

Arlo Finch ist gern auf alles vorbereitet –  eigentlich wie geschaffen für die Rangersin seinem neuen Wohnort Pine Mountain. Schnell finde
Shelby Toren
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A few weeks ago, my husband sent me the first episode of this new podcast called Launch, saying that he thought I would enjoy it. So I gave it go, and turns out he was right. I loved it!
Launch is hosted by screenwriter John August, who recently decided he wanted to write a children’s book. So he did. And then he made a podcast about the creation of the book, starting with the moment he began writing his story, to in the latest episode discussing how books are printed. John August talks to peopl
Marian Rakestraw
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
It only took me like 4 hours to read this book!

This book was so adorable! The team-ness and kids-seeing-monsters-ness and the Rangers and the family...was just so sweet! I'll definitely read the next one!
Lorie Barber
Loved Arlo, his friends, his tenacity, and his skepticism. The things he was doing hint at AWESOMENESS to come, or, as Wu said, “No one can do what Arlo can do. I believe him. I don’t need to know why or how.” I can’t wait to see where Arlo’s journey takes him and the Blue Patrol.
Katie Reilley
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved Arlo and his friends! Great new middle grade fantasy about friendship and loyalty that’s packed full of adventure. Can’t wait to learn more of the Rangers secrets (what does that yellow neckerchief mean?) and about the Long Woods. Looking forward to a sequel!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gravity Falls meets Harry Potter.
Ich bin kein wirklicher Leser von Fantasy-Büchern, und habe daher auch gezögert, ob ich dieses Buch mit meinem Sohn lesen soll, vor allem da er erst 8 Jahre alt ist und die Hauptperson in diesem Buch schon 12. Aber er wollte so gern, und ich hab mich von ihm und den tollen Reviews für die englische Ausgabe überreden lassen.

Und es nicht bereut, denn die Geschichte hat mich wirklich begeistert! Der Fantasy-Aspekt um die Wesen aus der Welt hinter den Long Woods war zwar der Dreh- und Angelpunkt des
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookbox-books
Ik denk niet dat ik dit boek ooit zelf gekocht zou hebben als ik het in een boekwinkel had zien liggen. De korte flaptekst sprak me niet bijzonder aan en ook de cover is niet meteen mijn ding. Maar, het boek zat in een boekbox en ik zag dat heel veel bekenden het aan het lezen waren, dus ik dacht: Ik lees hem gewoon even weg, dan is hij van de TBR af.

En lekker weglezen, dat deed het boek zonder twijfel. Het taalgebruik is ongelooflijk prettig, de vertelstijl ook en het verhaal kent een heel mooi
Viki Holmes
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved loved loved this. Tenacious bravery, camping, links to magical, faerie-influenced worlds. Likeable characters and believable relationships, compelling works building, yes please. Comparisons to Harry Potter unavoidable, but you know what? (whisper it) maybe I like this better? There’s CAMPING! I concede this story probably wouldn’t have been written without HP’s having gone before, but then, HP is hardly a trailblazer (Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci series, hem hem) so I’m very excited ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is the first book in the Arlo Finch series. I enjoyed this middle grade fantasy. The book is well written and easy to read. I liked the setting and characters.

The book is set in current day but takes place in Pine Mountain, a place that borders the Eldritch realm. Arlo moves there with his mother and sister and ends up joining a group called the Rangers. As part of the Rangers he learns about strange things dwell in the Pine Mountain woods and finds out they may be out to get him.

This book
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my 7 yr old daughter after we finished the Narnia series and were looking for something of similar quality. Not disappointed!! This is a fantastic tale, with great characters and themes. It is compelling and spooky, kind of like C.S. Lewis meets David Lynch, but also unapologetically 2018. The writing is excellent (I can't stand to read patronising, dull prose and find most children's books utterly tiresome to read). I enjoyed it as much as my daughter and would heartily recommend ...more
Audrya Oliveira
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Por ser um livro infantojuvenil, é bem divertido. Os personagens são inteligentes e engraçados na medida certa. Gostei bastante e pretendo ler os próximos.
Imagine scouts but with magic and dark forces lurking in the woods where you camp. Lots of mystery and adventure here, sure to be a summer reading hit!
Wynn Netherland
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun, fantasy-laden mountain adventure story for young readers that doesn't speak down to them. I picked up this book to read with my ten year old and couldn't put it down myself.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle-grade readers and their teachers and librarians
Recommended to Relyn by: an ad on one of my regular podcasts
I love middle-grade fiction. Who knew? I've long loved children's lit and YA, but I didn't realize how much I loved middle-grade fiction until I became a school librarian. I am finding more and more to love about books written for fourth through sixth graders. This book is DEFINITELY a book to love.

I discovered Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire thanks to John August's podcast Launch. If you haven't listened to it yet, you really should. It's a perfect podcast for books lovers. August walked us t
Barb Dixon Palmieri
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-readers
Loyal, Brave, Kind and True -
Keeper of the Old and New -
I Guard the Wild,
Defend the Weak,
Mark the Path
And Virtue Seek.
Forrest Spirits Hear Me Now
As I Speak My Ranger's Vow.

With such notable movies under John August's belt like Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Frankenweenie, I was a little excited about this book. The main character is your average 12 year old boy. Except he is smaller than his classmates, is worried about everything and he has heterochromia iridum. One of his ey
Kate Puleo Unger
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book! I just loved it. Middle grade that doesn’t talk down to the reader is always a winner in my book, but then on top of all of that, this book has a great adventure story. I found myself wanting to just keep reading this book until I could finish it. It killed me that it took several days because of other things in my life. I cannot wait to read this book with my son, and I kept telling Jim that he needed to read it. I think we’ll buy it on audio right before the second book comes out ne ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to see this book/series inspire this generation of kids like Harry Potter did for me growing up. Such a fantastic story about friendship, loyalty, bravery, and a young kid finding his place in the world.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm an enormous fan of the ScriptNotes podcast. I've listened to every episode. That was how I first heard about screenwriter, producer, director, podcaster and app creator John August's first novel. I don't normally review books, but John sent out a request on his latest podcast for reviews. Having been entertained and informed on crafting stories for over 300 hours for free, I felt it was the least I could do. (And don't let my enthusiasm for John's previous work diminish the sincerity of this ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book! Kind of a mix between Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, both series that I love! Would definitely recommend to students who like either one! Also had its own twists. Loved the themes of bravery, confidence and kindness.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I can see this being popular with fans of Jobling's Max Van Helsing or Ingrid Law's Savvy. Sort of quirky magical realism with adventure.
Arlo muss mit seiner Mutter und seiner älteren Schwester hoch in die Berge Colorados, zu seinem Onkel, ziehen.
„Seine Schwester Jaycee brachte es auf den Punkt:“Sieht aus wie ein Mörderhaus.“
Und noch am selben Tag sah Arlo einen Geisterhund, der einst lebte, als seine Mutter und sein Onkel noch klein waren und ein unsichtbares Mädchen, das Arlo warnte, er sei in Lebensgefahr. Und er ist der einzige, der das Mädchen und den Hund sehen kann.

In seiner Klasse findet er bald sehr gute Freunde,
Marlene Bentsen
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stop! Stands! Her er simpelthen bogen til alle Narnia og Det Smaragdgrønne Atlas fans!

Ikke fordi den minder vanvittig meget de to serier, men stemningsmæssigt er Arlo Finch i Flammernes Dal den mest vidunderlige læsning her i efteråret😃🙌

Humoren er på plads og magien er skøn og mystisk. Jeg er faldet fuldstændig pladask for den her bog❤

John August hedder forfatteren. Ham kender du måske ikke, men han skriver normalt film manuskripter og har arbejdet en del med Tim Burton. Han har fx været med til
Mark Buxton
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
My name is Arlo, and I've quickly discovered Pine Mountain can be a very dangerous place. I joined the Rangers, and my new friends have told me about the mysterious things found in the Long Woods. I've seen a ghost dog, and I was almost lured to my death by two wisps during my first Ranger campout! A young girl went missing eight years ago, and a reflection of her appeared in my bedroom. It can't be a coincidence that she had one green eye and one brown eye, just like me. Maybe that explains the ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arlo Finch ist elf und dafür schon ganz schön oft umgezogen. Das liegt daran, dass sein Vater ein Whistleblower ist und von der Regierung gesucht wird (er versteckt sich in China), und niemand gern die Frau eines "Regierungsverräters" einstellt. Als letzten Ausweg kehrt seine Mutter mit Arlo und seiner Schwester zurück in ihren Heimatort, nach Pine Mountain, Colorado. (Oder auch: ans Ende der Welt.) Hier findet Arlo schnell Anschluss bei den Rangern - Kinder, die am Pfadfinderleben teilnehmen - ...more
Kelli O'Neill
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Last week, my favorite independent bookstore let me pick out a free ARC for being a loyal customer, and this was my choice! Middle grade books can be a hit or a miss for me; it really depends on whether or not the author acknowledges that children are intelligent and complex, and writes them as such. This book very much succeeded at that.

August has a way with words. His descriptions were so clear and straightforward that I was invested in Arlo and his story from the start. The fine details that

Ich war durch das Cover und den Klappentext sehr neugierig auf die Geschichte, zudem war viel Positives über das Buch zu lesen.

Der Einstieg war noch ganz gut und ich war gespannt was Arlo alles in Pine Mountain erwartet und was es mit dem geheimnisvollen Wald auf sich hat. Leider zog sich die Geschichte dann immer mehr und es passierte einfach gar nichts, außer Arlos Erlebnisse bei den Rangern, vergleichbar mit den Pfadpfindern. Wer also damit etwas anfangen kann, hat damit vielleicht noch se
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I heard about this book from John August's podcast, Launch which follows the process behind making this very book. The script-writer for several films by Tim Burton has shifted into writing a middle grade book centered around a anxiety-ridden young man who discovers a magical world of beasts and natural wonders. Arlo Finch is a well-drafted protagonist surrounded by a complimentary cast of fellow scouts and family members, and this first offering in what is bound to be at least a trilogy serves ...more
Shannon Minninger
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this one through the Launch Podcast which the author hosts, detailing how a retail book comes to being (at least for someone with writing credentials and a lot of talent). A lifelong fan of mystical, magical, adventurous middle grade fiction, but not having read anything in the genre for quite some time, I bought it thinking my 10 year old son and I could read it together. But as soon as I started it, I realized I wouldn’t be able to pace myself accordingly. I loved it and was im ...more
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