Fifteen-year-old Pearl DeWitt and her mother live in Fallbrook, California, where itrsquo;s sunny 340 days of the year, and where her uncle owns a grove of 900 avocado trees. Uncle Hoyt hires migrant workers regularly, but Pearl doesnrsquo;t pay much attention to them . . . until Amiel. From the moment she sees him, Pearl is drawn to this boy who keeps to himself, fears being caught by la migra, and is mysteriously unable to talk. And after coming across Amielrsquo;s makeshift hut near Agua Prieta Creek, Pearl falls into a precarious friendshipmdash;and a forbidden romance.Then the wildfires strike. Fallbrookmdash;the town of marigolds and palms, blood oranges and sweet limesmdash;is threatened by the Agua Prieta fire, and a mandatory evacuation order is issued. But Pearl knows that Amiel is in the direct path of the fire, with no one to warn him, no way to get out. Slipping away from safety and her family, Pearl moves toward the dark creek, where the smoke has become air, the air smoke. Laura McNeal has crafted a beautiful and haunting novel full of peril, desperation, and love.From the Hardcover edition.
Romance has many forms, and 15-year-old Pearl DeWitt finds herself in a very special, very taboo relationship over a summer fraught with family conflict. Living in rural California, dealing with her father's recent betrayal of her mother, Pearl is too wrapped up in her troubles to take notice of the migrant workers on her uncle's huge avocado farm. But when she meets gorgeous, mute Amiel, she finds herself falling love for the first time. However, a terrible fire threatens not only their burgeoning love, but their lives.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Social Issues / Emotions + Feelings, People + Places / General, Law + Crime, Love + Romance
- October 11, 2011
- October 11, 2011
- Laura McNeal