Fire on the Wind

Fire on the Wind

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by Linda Crew
     
 

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"Set in the Oregon woods of 1933, this swift paced novel gives us a young girl living a life she loves in a remote logging camp...When the fabled Tillamook Burn begins with a small blaze in Gales Creek Canyon, we feel the danger, care about the people and the woods. Along with the characters, we hope for the best, continue to live their lives with them, and finally

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"Set in the Oregon woods of 1933, this swift paced novel gives us a young girl living a life she loves in a remote logging camp...When the fabled Tillamook Burn begins with a small blaze in Gales Creek Canyon, we feel the danger, care about the people and the woods. Along with the characters, we hope for the best, continue to live their lives with them, and finally must face the ultimate horror. An expertly written, realistic, and altogether impressive novel. It teaches, but it also excites and cuts to the heart. Get it for your kids. And read it yourself." Dan Hays, Salem Stateman Journal.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Crew (Nekomah Creek) sets a poignant coming-of-age story against the apocalyptic backdrop of the historic Tillamook Burn in Oregon. It's the searing August of 1933 and, along with everyone else at the Blue Star loggers' camp, 13-year-old Storie is alarmed when word comes of a forest fire some miles distant. Besides being worried about the fire, Storie is confused: Mama makes her trade her overalls for a dress and take a job in the camp cookhouse, yet her parents don't want her associating with the loggers; Mama wants her to continue her education and move to a proper town, while Daddy ridicules her for reading and can't understand why she isn't satisfied with her job. However, these concerns pale beside the overwhelming reality of the fire, which grows to a raging inferno and races toward Blue Star Camp. With the logging company management concerned only with saving their timber, it falls to Storie to stop her father and the other loggers from vainly battling the blaze and to get them onto the last train to safety. Some gentle romance and a revealing epilogue round out a gripping, well-researched story. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
The ALAN Review - Margaret J. Ford
Estora "Storie" Rendall and her family survive the Tillamook Burn of 1933, a vast forest fire that destroyed "an area half the size of Rhode Island." Linda Crew recreates a regional landscape of 1930s Oregon filtered through the eyes of Storie, a thirteen-year old working her way through adolescence. Would she become a traditional loggers' wife whose sole purpose was to prepare the massive meals necessary to "stoke the engines" of her hard-working husband? Or would she realize her mother's vision for her as an educated woman, a teacher? Crew's novel is loaded with images of Oregon logging in the pre-reforestation 1930s, raising issues of environmental responsibility, economic and employment hardships, and the role of women in the logging camps. This novel would make an excellent coming-of-age story with a historical twist for grades six through ten.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Historical fiction based on the Tillamook forest fire of 1933 in Oregon. It's an enlightening, quick read that infuses an interesting coming-of-age subplot into a larger tale of disaster and heroism. Thirteen-year-old Estora (Storie) is beginning to get loose from her logger father's control. She is innocent, just beginning to recognize the winks and knowing glances that pass among the adults, hinting at things unspoken and unexplained. The novel personalizes the devastation of this huge fire and without too much didacticism elucidates some of the conflicts inherent in an occupation like logging, whose unbridled pursuit threatens its own existence. Short vignettes occasionally show how others outside the Blue Star logging camp react to the fire, but the main focus is on Storie and her family, who find their lives forever altered. Storie's maturation moves forward as inexorably as the flames, though with considerably less destruction. Themes concerning the social and physical dominance of men and the strict division between men and women's roles are touched upon, as is the difficulty Storie has breaking free enough of her dad to comtemplate following her own path, maybe even to college. The book concludes with a flash forward to 1994 with Gramma Storie answering her granddaughter's questions, bringing the satisfying tale full circle.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Jr. High School, Iowa City, IA

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ISBN-13:
9781440116193
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

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Fire on the Wind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've not read this book in a long time, but I can say that as a child it was one of my favorites. I couldn't put it down! I wore out my copy. Quite literally. It's a sweeping tale that has continued to captivate me with its personal feel.