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ISBN: 0142412589     ISBN-13: 9780142412589
Publisher: Speak
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Published: June 2010
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Annotation: Engaging in numerous extreme sports while secretly pining for the beautiful Salome, thrill-seeker Jake King is asked to join a department of firefighters who rappel into wildfires and die under suspicious circumstances, a group Salome investigates at her own peril. By the award-winning author of Jerk, California. Original.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Risk-taking (Psychology); Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Emotional problems; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009049934
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.65 lbs) 295 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Jerk, California is Jonathan Friesen’s first novel. A fourteen-year public school teacher and writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, Jonathan shares his passion for writing with children of all ages—including three of his own, whom he home schools. He lives in Mora, Minnesota.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 August)

Gr 8 Up—Jake is a daredevil who feels the constant need for an adrenaline rush. His reckless stunts have made him the town pariah; he's hurt others and gotten himself expelled. Then a situation arises, and Jake has a chance to prove his mettle with an elite crew of firefighters who rappel from helicopters into raging wildfires. The irony is that in the midst of the firefighting season Jake develops a healthy respect for danger as his relationship with longtime friend Salome evolves, and he finally feels as though he has something to lose. Fighting fires is risky work, but the unauthorized method that the team leader has devised to weed out the weak is even more brutal and dangerous. The fast-paced story moves back and forth through time and while readers come to understand Jake, sympathizing with his dysfunctional family requires more of a stretch. Some of the plot twists are confusing, e.g., the relationship between Salome and Jake's older brother is never made clear. However, teen readers, especially guys with a penchant for extreme adventure, may well overlook any shortcomings and plunge into the heart-pounding action as Jake battles blazes and uncovers sinister activity among his fellow firefighters.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA

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