Lauren Tarshis is the New York Times Bestselling author of the I Survived series, telling stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Her latest heart pounding entry tells the story of two children who battle the terrifying flames of the California Wildfires of 2018 and — despite the destruction — find hope in the ashes.
In the 20th I Survived book, readers join eleven-year-old Josh as he leaves his New Jersey home for the rural northern California town where his cousins live. Still reeling from the life-changing challenges that propelled him and his mother across the country, Josh struggles to adapt to a more rustic, down-to-earth lifestyle that couldn’t be more different from the one he is used to.
Josh and his cousin bond over tacos and reptiles and jokes, but on a trip into the nearby forest, they suddenly find themselves in the path of a fast-moving firestorm, a super-heated monster that will soon lay waste to millions of acres of wilderness and — possibly — their town. Josh needs to confront the family issues burning him up inside, but first he’ll have to survive the flames blazing all around him.