Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire Cover

Playing with Fire

By Bruce Hale; Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)

Disney Press, Hardcover, 9781423168508, 308pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

Description

Juvenile delinquent and budding pyromaniac Max Segredo belongs in juvie hall. At least, that's what his most recent foster family would tell you. Instead, Max ends up on the doorstep of Merry Sunshine Orphanage-their very heavily guarded doorstep. As he begins to acclimate to his new home, Max learns a few things straightaway: first, cracking a Caesar Cipher isn't as hard as it seems; second, never sass your instructor if she's also holding throwing knives; and third, he may not be an orphan after all. Soon, Max and the rest of the students are sent on a mission to keep a dangerous weapon out of the hands of LOTUS, an international group bent on world domination. Of course, all Max cares about is finding out more about his father, the man he's now sure is still alive. As the stakes get higher, Max must make some difficult choices, including who to trust, and finally learns the true meaning of family.



About the Author
Bruce Hale has written and illustrated over thirty books for kids, including Clark the Shark; Clark the Shark Dares to Share; the award-winning Chet Gecko Mystery series; Snoring Beauty, one of Oprah's Recommended Reads for Kids; and the School for S.P.I.E.S. series. In his free time, Bruce enjoys hiking, watching movies, and making music. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, dog, and many hats.

Brandon Dormanisthe illustrator of "Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face "and "The Wizard", both by Jack Prelutsky; and" The Christmas Sweater "by Glenn Beck. He received a degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University Idaho and lives in Puyallup, Washington, with his family.