Sunday, February 4th 12:30 PM
in the Valley of Fire
with Sarah Enni
John August comes to Chevalier's Books to begin the travails of 12 year-old Arlo Finch, in Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire. When Arlo moves to Pine Mountain, Colorado, he has no idea what's in store for him in this tiny town full of mystery and magic. After joining the Rangers, Pine Mountain's version of the Boy Scouts, Arlo stumbles into adventures he never thought possible. Wilderness and magical powers collide throughout the beautiful, dense forest surrounding his new home, and as Arlo begins to learn the way of the Rangers, he also discovers courage, strength, and a destiny he never knew he possessed.
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John August earned a degree in journalism from Drake University and
an MFA in film from USC. As a screenwriter and long-time Tim Burton collaborator, his credits include Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie. In addition to his film career, he hosts a popular weekly podcast, Scriptnotes, with Craig Mazin. He also created the Writer Emergency Pack, an educational storytelling tool that was distributed to over 2,000 classrooms in partnership with non-profit literacy groups
like 826LA and NaNoWriMo.
There to discuss the book with Mr. August will be Sarah Enni, an author, podcaster, and journalist living in Los Angeles. She writes books for young adults - including a short story in the New York Times best-selling villain anthology, Because You Love To Hate Me, out now. She is currently working on her debut novel, which will be out with Scholastic in 2019. She created and hosts the First Draft podcast, where she talks shop with other KidLit authors.