New Jewell Parker Rhodes Novel Inspired By Arizona Wildfires, Nature

By Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, September 13, 2021 - 11:04am

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Jewell Parker Rhodes is author of "Paradise on Fire."

The past few years have seen some of the biggest wildfires in Arizona history, and other states across the West have also been dealing with increasing wildfire activity.

It is in that context that author Jewell Parker Rhodes sets her newest young adult novel, "Paradise on Fire." It tells the story of six kids who have little experience in nature, trying to survive a raging wildfire.

Rhodes, the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University, joined The Show to talk about her new book.

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