Spring 2023

Escape from the Wildfire

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Jack loves mountain biking, and when his dad forbids him to ride in the forest surrounding Lytton because of the risk of wildfire, the reality of the region’s heat dome sets in. Days later, the village of Lytton burns down, forcing Jack to evacuate to Merritt.

Escape from the Wildfire offers a fictional account based on the real-life facts of the disastrous wildfire of 2021 that destroyed the town of Lytton after days of scorching heat. Dorothy Bentley’s own experiences of living through a wildfire led her to research the experience of Lytton residents, so she could write the story of a resilient teen surviving an environmental catastrophe.

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On pre-order until 01/01/2023
On pre-order until 01/01/2023
Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2023
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Text Type Fiction—Action/Adventure
BISACS YAF001020, YAF043010, YAF046050
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

“Straightforward characterization and understated narration make this a strong choice for reluctant readers. The finely detailed plot unwinds slowly, but make no mistake—it’s a page-turner.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Dorothy Bentley

Dorothy Bentley has taught creative writing, written a newspaper column, and now works for the Writer's Guild of Alberta. he enjoys outdoor activities and is an advocate of tree planting. Surviving the trauma of a devastating wildfire herself inspired her to research and write about the topic. She lives near Okotoks, Alberta.