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    Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is back! Shoreline's beloved bestselling author will be back, talking about her newest title, Paradise on Fire


    BCALA 2021 Best of the Best Book

    From award-winning and bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age survival tale exploring issues of race, class, and climate change

    Addy is haunted by the tragic fire that killed her parents, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother. Years later, Addy’s grandmother has enrolled her in a summer wilderness program. There, Addy joins five other Black city kids—each with their own troubles—to spend a summer out west.
    Deep in the forest the kids learn new (and to them) strange skills: camping, hiking, rock climbing, and how to start and safely put out campfires. Most important, they learn to depend upon each other for companionship and survival. 
    But then comes a devastating forest fire…
    Addy is face-to-face with her destiny and haunting past. Developing her courage and resiliency against the raging fire, it’s up to Addy to lead her friends to safety. Not all are saved. But remembering her origins and grandmother’s teachings, she’s able to use street smarts, wilderness skills, and her spiritual intuition to survive.


    About Jewell Parker Rhodes:

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor; Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award; and the New York Times-bestselling Ghost Boys; as well as Bayou Magic; Towers Falling; Black Brother, Black Brother; and Paradise on Fire. She has written many award-novels for adults, including, MAGIC CITY, a novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Jewell is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.


  • Thank you, Tallie, for your assistance building accompanying lessons for our district!

    About Tallie:

    Tallie Segel has spent the last 20 years working as an environmental educator: teaching kids, training volunteers, and supporting educators with research and strategy work. Her focus is justice-oriented and community centered environmental education; she is passionate about teaching and developing curriculum in ways that celebrate the voices of kids, cultural and community relationships to the land and biological diversity, and possibilities these offer for a more just and sustainable future. She is honored to be a part of Black Voices Week through curriculum consultation to support the incredible work of Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes.

    Tallie has a BA in Ecology and French, an MA in Sustainable Communities ( with a focus on social and environmental justice in environmental education), and is working on her PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis. She is also the Director of Strategy for Environmental Education of New Mexico, the state-wide professional network for outdoor and environmental learning in New Mexico. 

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