Fire on the Mountain

  • Illustrated By: Dana Barton
  • Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:evacuation, forest fires, Kenow fire, advocacy, ecology
  • Pub Date:03/15/2022
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 6-8
  • Lexile:670L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:O
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Lightning sparks a forest fire deep in the mountains near the town of Waterton.

Days later, the sky is blue and the air is clear, so it doesn’t seem like an emergency, until crews of firefighters begin to arrive and townspeople start to prepare. Cricket and her friends watch deer and birds flee the forest and run right through town. But what about the slower animals? What about the porcupines and squirrels, the salamanders and snakes? Cricket searches for a way to help until the fire surprises everyone by quickly switching directions and racing towards the town. She hopes that the preparations and the firefighters' experience will be enough to save her home. But what about all the animals she loves? 

This is the fifth title in the Cricket McKay series, following Cougar Frenzy, Bats in Trouble, Ospreys in Danger and Salamander Rescue.

“Fast-paced, yet easy to follow...Readers learn how forest fires can start and spread, as well as how animals behave when threatened by forest fires and what people can do in hope of protecting their property. Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“This eye-opening, empowering book will appeal to those who enjoy natural disaster stories, or altruistic readers who want to know how to help keep themselves, their family, their community, and the environment as safe as possible during an ­emergency.”
– School Library Journal