Heir to Fire: Gila Flats
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Heir to Fire: Gila Flats

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by Rob M. Worley, Mike Dubisch
     
 

Ryan Morales is a misfit. His parents think he’s just shy; his friends want him to loosen up. It doesn’t help that he’s the only teen in the hot Arizona town of Gila Flats who wears a jacket year-round. Ryan’s already precarious world is turned upside-down when a mysterious crater in the desert opens a portal to a lost city, strange spiders

Overview

Ryan Morales is a misfit. His parents think he’s just shy; his friends want him to loosen up. It doesn’t help that he’s the only teen in the hot Arizona town of Gila Flats who wears a jacket year-round. Ryan’s already precarious world is turned upside-down when a mysterious crater in the desert opens a portal to a lost city, strange spiders and Gila monsters overrun the town, and the locals turn strange and sinister. Ryan learns just how different he is, and what it means to be the “Heir to Fire,” in this compelling blend of fantasy and horror.

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School Library Journal

Gr 5–8
In the first book, the forest monster is legendary among the kids in Justin's New England town, and they play a game mocking the creature. Justin, however, feels sure that there is something truly evil in the woods. He's seen the moving shadows and the yellow eyes glaring out from the trees. He wonders about the odd path of iron rods-and he believes that he is destined to confront the fiend-and whatever is behind it. In Heir , Ryan, 14, just wants to fit in, but odd things keep happening. Ice cream completely melts in his hands, and unexpected fires ignite when he is near. When his parents reveal that he was found abandoned in the desert as a baby, he begins to understand that he is not from Earth. He dreams of his home world, long ago taken over by the evil Arachnovar. His best friend becomes possessed by a weird spiderlike creature, leading Ryan to discover that extraterrestrials are hunting him. To save the town from being taken over, Ryan must recover the ancient powers of the Fire Prince-or die trying. Although written in full-text style, both books show a graphic-novel influence-episodic, action-driven plots; highly visual descriptive imagery; and dramatic dialogue. The comic-book background is also evident in the heavily shadowed illustrations and dramatic cover art. These high-energy texts and engaging characters will attract reluctant readers as well as fantasy fans.
—Elaine E. KnightCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974280370
Publisher:
Actionopolis/Komikwerks
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
129
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
7 - 13 Years

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Heir to Fire: Gila Flats 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
oscarthegreat More than 1 year ago
I read the nook edition of the book but I found the hardcover edition in the library. It's is beautiful and I wanted to buy one off of barnes and noble for my shelf. I will have to look on ebay. This was great to read on the break. It's an exciting story about a kind who thinks he's totally ordinary and finds out he is much more. It's scary in parts, funny in parts and exciting all around. The only complaint is that it is over too fast but there is a second one.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Just as a disclaimer, if you don't like books with big, hairy spiders, or stories with multi-tailed spiders who attach themselves to the back of people's necks, who also exert mind-control, well....let's just say that this story might not be for you. However, if your arachnophobia doesn't extend to books, as is the case with me personally, then read on, because have I got a story for you.

Ryan Morales has always been just a little bit different. In fact, his parents have been worried about the fact that Ryan doesn't seem to have many friends, except for Donut. Donut, as his name implies, is a little stocky, a lot talkative, and a really huge lover of bugs and insects. When Ryan seems to make an impression on Corrine, his dream girl, events are set in motion that are beyond anything Ryan could have ever dreamed of.

First, there's the incident at Corrine's pool party, where it looks as if Ryan made the water start boiling. Sure, her parents put it down to a malfunctioning water heater, but a few people don't seem to believe that. Especially Ryan's parents, who, when he recovers from his fainting spell, overhear him utter the word "Akashalon."

From there it goes downhill, as the residents of Gila Flats start acting weird. Weird, and then crazy, as they attempt to stop Ryan and Corrine, two of the only residents without a spider attached to the back of their necks, from finding out the true role that the Fire Prince is met to fulfill.

This is a great book for younger teens, pre-teens, or older reluctant readers. Filled with wonderful illustrations, short chapters, and an intriguing story line, you'll be glad that the last page of HEIR TO FIRE isn't "the end," but rather just the beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as a disclaimer, if you don't like books with big, hairy spiders, or stories with multi-tailed spiders who attach themselves to the back of people's necks, who also exert mind-control, well....let's just say that this story might not be for you. However, if your arachnophobia doesn't extend to books, as is the case with me personally, then read on, because have I got a story for you. Ryan Morales has always been just a little bit different. In fact, his parents have been worried about the fact that Ryan doesn't seem to have many friends, except for Donut. Donut, as his name implies, is a little stocky, a lot talkative, and a really huge lover of bugs and insects. When Ryan seems to make an impression on Corrine, his dream girl, events are set in motion that are beyond anything Ryan could have ever dreamed of. First, there's the incident at Corrine's pool party, where it looks as if Ryan made the water start boiling. Sure, her parents put it down to a malfunctioning water heater, but a few people don't seem to believe that. Especially Ryan's parents, who, when he recovers from his fainting spell, overhear him utter the word 'Akashalon.' From there it goes downhill, as the residents of Gila Flats start acting weird. Weird, and then crazy, as they attempt to stop Ryan and Corrine, two of the only residents without a spider attached to the back of their necks, from finding out the true role that the Fire Prince is meant to fulfill. This is a great book for younger teens, pre-teens, or older reluctant readers. Filled with wonderful illustrations, short chapters, and an intriguing story line, you'll be glad that the last page of HEIR TO FIRE isn't 'the end,' but rather just the beginning. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Gila Flats, fourteen year old shy teen Ryan Morales with his friend Donut finds a spider that has never before been discovered before. Both boys go to Corrine¿s pool party where somehow Ryan make the water turn hot. His faints and when he comes to he is told by his parents that he always had an affinity for fire and heat. They also tell him he was adopted as his father found him in the desert with an amulet near him and a protective circle drawn around him.------------- When Ryan goes to see his friend Donut, he acts strange and sees the new spider around his neck just like the ones that are attached to the necks of the townsfolk except for Corrine. They go to the Oobakka house where they find the humanoid spider king who has come to earth to kill the fire prince of the world of Akasalon. The spider king and his minions conquered Ryan¿s former world and they want to do away with the last heir to the throne Ryan doesn¿t know how to stop them but Corrine feels he will find a way.---------------- Targeted for middle school pre-teens, HEIR TO FIRE is an exciting horror story in which young readers will identify with the reluctant hero, a reticent teen who tries to do his best to defeat evil. The characters are realistic and the audience will find themselves rooting for the hero to defeat the monsters. The illustrations are well drawn enhancing the fascinating storyline.------------- Harriet Klausner