The bear stands on back legs and snuffles his snout in our direction. Such an unusual hide would be worth a fortune. No one could blame me for shooting. It's a level playing field here: The bear's been stalking us. He's injured my dog. He's kept me awake at night.Now suddenly it's clear.The forest about me is absolutely still.I shoot.Rachel's idyllic existence with her famThe bear stands on back legs and snuffles his snout in our direction. Such an unusual hide would be worth a fortune. No one could blame me for shooting. It's a level playing field here: The bear's been stalking us. He's injured my dog. He's kept me awake at night.Now suddenly it's clear.The forest about me is absolutely still.I shoot.Rachel's idyllic existence with her family in the remote mountains of northern Yukon was shattered by her father's depression, the family's relocation to "town" and her father's subsequent disappearance. Obsessed with the need to understand why her father never returned, Rachel hikes with her dog across mountain passes and along valleys to her childhood home. As she walks, she distracts herself from her anxiety by reinventing beloved fairy tales and reliving childhood memories. As the days pass and her quest leads her deeper into the wilderness, she must confront danger and endure loneliness and despair before she can unearth the truth about her father....
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Juggling Fire Reviews
Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com16-year-old Rachel's father left her house years earlier and never came back. Her mother says her father died out in the wilderness, but she doesn't believe her.After finishing high school early, she sets out to retrace the steps her father would've taken and looks for clues as to his disappearance. Taking only her dog, food, and her talent for juggling and telling stories, she'll have to survive the wild, bears, and much more if she ever wants to find out the truth.Will she succeed? What really happened to her father all those years ago?The main character is well-developed and believable, and although the plot is slow in some places, it does a good job of holding the reader's interest. The intricate weaving of past and present is well done and doesn't confuse the reader. JUGGLING FIRE is a quick, easy read for those who like survival stories like HATCHET by Gary Paulsen and MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George, as well as adventure and realistic tales.
There isn't much to say; it's a quick ready, and the author writes so much the way I do, and the way I think, that it was my experience with her, in the novel...really interesting exploration of loss, that is loss of a family member....and the subtle ways that the "journey" used in books helps the characters recount the events that led up to the disappearance of someone or death of someone, with triggors of evidence preparing readers for the loss. I could write a better summary and add my critical response but it's not fresh in my head anymore. The cover really does the book justice for how a reader will feel after reading it: like assenting a top of a mountain (facing many inner conflicts and other challenges along the way.)
A simple coming-of-age story about a sixteen year old girl who travels through the Yukon wilderness to find her father.I found myself getting impatient with this book. I thought the fairy-tale essences distracted from the plot and added no foreshadowing with very little symbolism. I also had to fight down the urge to skip ahead and read the last page. I thought the traveling parts were very realistic though, and the author made you feel like you were actually in the solitude. I'm not sure how much this will appeal to people though, so I am not quite sure how much interest this book will garner.
I was reading this on a holiday so I wasn't really focusing that much. Maybe if I did, the rating would go up a bit??Anyways, the ending was cool, when Rachel finally came to an epiphany - sorta.
SLJ grades 7-10
An interesting read but not captivating.
very quick read--I enjoyed it in one night.