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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire

By: John August
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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Publisher's Summary

This is the first book in a spellbinding fantasy adventure series so believable you may wonder if it's happening in your own backyard.

"As Arlo looked around, the walls of his room began to vanish, revealing a moonlit forest. Only his bed remained and the frame of his window, through which he saw the girl. The world on her side of the glass was sparkling with silver and gold, like a palace made of autumn leaves. She looked off to her right. Someone was coming. Her words came in an urgent whisper: 'If I can see you, they can see you. You're in danger. Be careful, Arlo Finch.'"

Arlo Finch is a newcomer to Pine Mountain, Colorado, a tiny town of mystery and magic, but he has already attracted the attention of dark and ancient forces. At first he thinks these increasingly strange and frightening occurrences are just part of being in Rangers, the mountain scouting troop where he learns how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods. But soon Arlo finds himself at the center of a dangerous adventure, where he faces obstacles that test the foundations of the Ranger's Vow: Loyalty, Bravery, Kindness, and Truth.

©2018 John August (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fun to listen to.

Story has a lot of interesting side-factors. Character and story development is soft on the edges, but very enjoyable. Not a lot of plot twists or surprises. Lots of fun. Highly recommend the series.

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Fantastic!

We listened to this book as a family (kids are 10, 9, and 6) and it was great! The perfect mix of adventure, strong characters, and an engaging story. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Great Read!

Fun of adventure, action, magic, and loads of mystery! If your a fan fan of Gravity Falls then I would recommend this to you.

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Definitely a children’s book

It’s a good book with a decent amount of action but it is definitely made for children.

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Excellent for entire family

The whole family (kids 6 & 9) loved this book. So engaging it only took us less then a week to finish... can’t wait for the second book.

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If the story was longer, it would rival HP

I thoroughly enjoyed and I was completely enthralled by this story and I’m an adult. The writing and the friendships so wonderful!

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Bingo.

do you want a sandwich. it's a fancy sandwich. you should get to this party

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perfect family listen

This is an amazing family book. we are always on the lookout for books we can listen to as a family. Unfortunately more often than not most family books are not very appealing for the parents. this one was. I found the Mother character interesting but I mostly loved the way the kids saw the adults. It definitely garnered lots of giggles from the adults in the vehicle. Can't wait to listen to the next two.

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Great story

great story and great message too. the kids loved it and sit did I too

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kids back in nature

A good story of friendship and wonder. A little mystery, a little nature, and some pride in self accomplishment. Great for tweens.

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  • 02-18-22

Great story looking forward to more...

Very entertaining. I wasn't sure at first from the description of the story but it is amazing. And could only be made better by some mood music throughout to set some scenes.

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  • Amelia W.
  • 02-27-18

Perfect for a car journey or plane ride!

I loved this book - would have adored it as a kid and ate it up as a 27 year old. It kept me totally distracted on a long flight and car journey. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • CiscoBear
  • 03-23-21

Every so often a great book comes along

And this is it! I've never been so excited to listen to an audio book since the Mistborn series. This story is about friendship, hope, love, faith and a magical world of pine mountain/The Long Woods. It left me wanting to hear more and for the journey to never end. Thankfully there's two more in this series and hopefully John August will continue to build upon it.

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  • Tom Hanauer
  • 11-03-22

Good fun

A little slow, but that's no bad thing, even quite rare these days. Nice characters, gentle story, All good, and looking forward to sequels!

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  • 07-01-22

A Great Story For Young Or Old

Love a fantasy then join Arlo for his strange adventure when his family moves to his mother's childhood home and he joins the Rangers.

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  • Sean A. Hanson
  • 07-08-18

A great adventure series in the making.

Listened to this with my 13 year old son on a long road trip and it was perfect. Getting to know Arlo, his family and friends was a joy. Familiar, yet fresh. Humorous and imaginative. Looking forward to this series growing. My son, a critic of few words, thought it was great. His father concurred.