Lauren Tarshis delivers once again with a hit your students are sure to love. I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 contains breath-holding moments, likable characters, and a recent disaster that your students will remember from the news.
Mom and Josh take a trip to Northern California to visit cousins. Josh later learns the trip is to get him away from television and cell service, so he can’t see his dad’s trial. On the day Mom and Josh are to head home, Josh sees Aunt Nicole’s laptop and decides to check out the Yankee scores. Josh discovers an article from the New York Times that says his dad is going to prison for eight months.
Upset, Josh races out of the house and into the forest. Holly follows. When she sees how upset Josh is, the two of them have a heart-to-heart talk. Josh tells Holly everything about his father. Holly then tells Josh how her life changed after her father died from cancer. She explains that after a time, he will be okay.
Suddenly Holly and Josh smell smoke. As they head home, fire blocks their way. In one scary moment, a mountain lion looks like it is going to attack, but the frightened animal is just trying to flee from the fire. Josh and Holly decide they need to go the same direction as the animals.
The fleeing animals run toward the river. A flying piece of bark burns Josh’s arm. Holly encourages him to keep going.
The fire soon blocks the way to the river. Holly gets them to the zip line. The two ride the zip line to the river and drop in. Holly is trapped by a brush in the water. Josh must free her and give her the Heimlich maneuver to get to her breath. The two are trapped by fire in the middle of the river…Will they find a way out?
Activities to do with I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018
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Teaching Resources for the I Survived Books
Lauren Tarshis offers several printables for each book in the I Survived Series. These links take you to I Survived the California Wildfires.