Firestormers by Carl Bowen
Elite Firefighting Crew

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Bowen handles gender issues with a good degree of diplomacy and sophistication but is less successful with race, giving readers little reason to believe that any of his characters are anything other than white. He also introduces an ethical quandary regarding Humboldt marten habitat, making it an issue, not just a pesky indulgence.
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From the makers of SHADOW SQUADRON comes another elite crew of heroes, but these heroes fight a very different battle: the war against wildfires. With the climate changing and the population growing, wildfires have increased in number, size, and severity. Only an elite group of men and women are equipped to take on these immense infernos: Firestormers! Like the toughest military units, they have the courage, the heart, and the technology to stand on the front lines against hundred-foot walls of 2,000-degree flames. With hyper-realistic illustrations and action-packed story lines, these fiery chapter books are sure to make any reader sweat.
 

About Carl Bowen

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Carl Bowen is a father, husband, writer and editor who lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was born in Louisiana, lived briefly in England, and was raised in Georgia, where he went to school. He has published a handful of novels, short stories, and comics. For Stone Arch, he has retold 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Jungle Book, "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp," Julius Caesar, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
 
Published July 1, 2016 by Capstone Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Above average
on Jun 01 2016

Bowen handles gender issues with a good degree of diplomacy and sophistication but is less successful with race, giving readers little reason to believe that any of his characters are anything other than white. He also introduces an ethical quandary regarding Humboldt marten habitat, making it an issue, not just a pesky indulgence.

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