Pre-order Beth Vrabel's When Giants Burn
River Bend Bookshop is proud to offer a special pre-order event for Beth Vrabel's newest middle grade novel, When Giants Burn, publishing on June 13 by Simon & Schuster.
About the Author
Beth Vrabel is an award-winning author of a dozen middle grade novels, including the critically acclaimed To Tell You the Truth and Lies I Tell Myself. But, she can't clap to the beat, nor be trusted near Nutella. Beth lives right here in Connecticut with her family and spoiled-rotten puppies, Jasper and Jupiter.
About the Book
In this emotional and riveting middle grade novel that’s The Misfits meets Hatchet, two unlikely friends fly off on an adventure they hope will set them free—only to learn the value of what they left behind.
Gerty has a secret: She’s building an airplane. She wants to join the Civil Air Patrol, where pilots as young as twelve help with disaster relief—but she knows her parents would be outraged. They’re survivalists who raised her to be independent and only enrolled her in middle school to show her why they’ve decided to opt out of society. Still, Gerty is determined to protect her beloved Pando, a nearby ancient aspen forest.
Hayes has some problems of his own, but they aren’t the kind that can be hidden under a tarp. His mom is back from prison, but he’s not sure he’ll ever stop missing the mom she used to be. One thing is certain: He’s never going to be like her. He follows the rules. But Gerty is the only person at school Hayes doesn’t hate, so after she tells him about her hidden plane, he helps her finish it.
When wildfires break out nearby, Gerty wants to fly to Pando and make sure it’s safe—and Hayes is tempted by the chance to escape everything on the ground. But the duo will soon realize that they can’t escape their roots—and that holding onto those connections might be the real key to survival.
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Pre-orders of When Giants Burn will receive signed and personalized copies - be sure to add the name for personalization in order comments during checkout.