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Playing with Fire

Author: April Henry

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire


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When a fire engulfs an Oregon forest, a group of trapped hikers must find another way out in this unrelenting teen-vs.-nature YA thriller.
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When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out—or die—in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.

Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees.

But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must deal with injuries, wild animals and even a criminal on the lam—before the fire catches them.

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In The News

April Henry's YA mysteries have collectively been awarded over fifty state honors and awards.

Playing with Fire:

"Inspiration abounds, though, as the teens work together, making this read adventurous as well as satisfying." —Booklist

"Well written and undeniably, regrettably relevant given the inevitability of future West Coast conflagrations." —The Bulletin

The Lonely Dead:

"Taut and suspenseful, with a hint of the supernatural. [Henry’s] clear, lucid prose and well-paced action scenes make for a fast, accessible read . . . Hand to anyone in search of a page-turner." —Booklist

"Henry delivers a compelling thriller that weaves supernatural elements into a topical tapestry of loss, betrayal, and family drama. A thriller that manages to be both creepy and fun." —Kirkus Reviews

The Girl I Used to Be:

Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Young Adult Mystery Novel
An Edgar Award for Best YA Nominee
A Texas Lonestar List Selection

"Henry has done it again with another edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller. Recommended for middle school and high school mystery/thriller/suspense collections and for April Henry fans." —VOYA, starred review

"A must-have for YA mystery-thriller collections." —School Library Journal

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