Going Up in Flames
Upper Middle Grade / Juvenile Fiction—Hardcover: 9781645482260—October 1, 2024
How do you make the right decision when everything is going wrong?
What do cheerleading tryouts, Sunday afternoon court judgements, and a book burning have in common? Katie McCabe is back in action.
After her nemesis Denton is found guilty and sentenced to community service, Katie wants to believe her troubles are over, but Denton won’t rest until he gets revenge.
When blackmail rears its ugly head, she’s caught between friends and enemies putting her growing relationship with Logan at stake. Books go up in flames and Katie’s world rains down in tatters.
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Praise for Rain Falling on Embers (Katie McCabe, Book 1)
“[With] flawed, fascinating people young readers will relate to and care about, Gardner offers enticing reasons to follow on their paths in future series entries.” ~Booklife Review by Publishers Weekly, Editor’s Pick
“Gardner’s hero is more realistic than good, and readers will be drawn to the raw truth of her struggles.”
“[Rain Falling on Embers] will keep kids reading and talking. It does an admirable job of balancing heavy topics with a dash of humor and a big dose of adventure.” ~IndieReader (4.5/5)
“This captivating tale of human endurance is a wonderful read for both young and old.” ~Booktrib
“A cleverly plotted novel with a strong, memorable protagonist. Highly recommended!” ~The Wishing Shelf (UK)
“Kids ages 9-12 will find in Katie a rebellious spirit that masks an underlay of grief and growth, and will relish her ability to survive new circumstances and demands for different reactions to life.” ~Midwest Book Review
“What might seem like a typical troubled teen story turns into something unique and unexpected. The book has a great climax, and readers won’t see it coming.” ~Los Angeles Book Review
“A realistic, heartfelt, and serious drama the likes of which I’ve never seen in middle-grade fiction before.”
~K.C. Finn, USA Today Bestselling author
“This realistic, heartfelt drama is something many readers will relate to.”~Splash Magazines
“An intriguing start of a series about a young teen and her journey as she navigates personal loss, a new family, and even newer enemies.” ~Feathered Quill
“A marvelous novel. The most important message the book conveys is that every kid deserves to be
surrounded by the love and support of their family.” ~LitPick
“Katie’s beautiful yet difficult personality is portrayed with authenticity and integrity. This powerful novel shows that a child can endure loneliness, change, and loss.” ~Emma’s Insights
“The story took several unpredictable turns that brought out Katie’s tenacity. Those who like defiant, strong female characters will enjoy watching Katie’s antics.” ~Readers’ Favorite