Juggling Fire

Juggling Fire

by Joanne Bell


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Rachel's idyllic existence with her family in the remote mountain passes of northern Yukon was shattered by her father's depression, the family's relocation to "town" and her father's subsequent disappearance. Obsessed with understanding why her father never returned, Rachel hikes with her dog across mountain passes and along valleys to her childhood home. As she walks, she distracts herself from her anxiety by reinventing fairy tales remembered from her childhood. As the days pass, the imaginary quest begins to echo her own journey as she confronts danger, faces loneliness and unearths the truth about her father.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554690947
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: HL810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Great Britain, Joanne Bell grew up in New Brunswick and Alberta. She visited Dawson City, Yukon, many years ago and fell in love with the nearby Ogilvie Mountains, where she spent years running dogs, hiking, canoeing and living in log cabins. Now married with two daughters, she works as a naturalist in the summers and is a substitute teacher in Dawson City whenever she is not in the mountains.

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The forest about me is absolutely still.
I shoot.
I shoot at the ground before the bear's massive paws. A scuff of snow flies up. In the next moment I lean the rifle against a tree trunk and grab my bear spray from my coat pocket where I've kept it warm. I pull off the safety clip, and this time I walk toward the bear.
Not away. I'm through with walking away.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Into That Good Night

Chapter 1 Juggling Fire 1

Chapter 2 Right on Rolling 17

Chapter 3 So What is a Bear? 30

Chapter 4 A Grizzled Bear 45

Chapter 5 Imposing Order 56

Chapter 6 Building on Permafrost 60

Chapter 7 Panic 67

Chapter 8 In the Dungeon 77

Chapter 9 Moving on 86

Chapter 10 In the forest 96

Chapter 11 Cleaning this Room 105

Part 2 The Wind Passes Over it

Chapter 12 Pirates in the Night 115

Chapter 13 The Grayling Corral 125

Chapter 14 Wounds 134

Chapter 15 Clues 142

Chapter 16 Undercurrents 149

Chapter 17 The Snow Queen 155

Chapter 18 In the End 162

Epilogue 168

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
16-year-old Rachel's father left her house years earlier and never came back. Her mother says her father died out in the wilderness, but she doesn't believe her. After finishing high school early, she sets out to retrace the steps her father would've taken and looks for clues as to his disappearance. Taking only her dog, food, and her talent for juggling and telling stories, she'll have to survive the wild, bears, and much more if she ever wants to find out the truth. Will she succeed? What really happened to her father all those years ago? The main character is well-developed and believable, and although the plot is slow in some places, it does a good job of holding the reader's interest. The intricate weaving of past and present is well done and doesn't confuse the reader. JUGGLING FIRE is a quick, easy read for those who like survival stories like HATCHET by Gary Paulsen and MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George, as well as adventure and realistic tales.