“…richly imaginative survival adventure…a nail-biting read, sure to satisfy fans of Paulsen's Hatchet.”

—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books,
Johns Hopkins University Press

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About Iain

Iain Lawrence is the author of fifteen books for young readers. He has received many accolades, including the Governor General’s Award for Gemini Summer and the California Young Reader Medal.

About Fire on Headless Mountain

Separated from his siblings in the midst of a dangerous forest fire, 11-year-old Virgil must find a way to survive using only his wits and the lessons his late mother taught him about the wilderness.

Praise for Iain's Works

“This page-turning and atmospheric adventure story also teaches fascinating science skills. A superb tale of survival and courage.” 

Kirkus Reviews
(Fire on Headless Mountain)

“Friendship difficulties provide a contrast and an anchor to the terrifying threat, and the various plot elements are deftly tied together in a fitting twist that will have readers quickly turning the pages. . . . Filled with suspense and intrigue.”

—Kirkus Reviews
(Deadman's Castle

“Fans of Hatchet and Lord of the Flies will be drawn to this harrowing survival story from Lawrence (The Winter Pony), which offers psychological suspense and action in equal measure.”

—Publishers Weekly
(The Skeleton Tree)

“... In lyrical prose, the narrative probes the isolation and alienation of 14-year-old Harold, better known as ’Ghost Boy…’ This poignant adventure invites readers to look beyond others’ outer appearances and into their souls.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review
(Ghost Boy)

“... From the evocative jacket painting of a moonlit shipwreck to the superb characterizations, hair-raising plot and authentic period details is Lawrence’s fiction first rate.” 

Publishers Weekly, starred review
(The Wreckers)

“Readers who devoured The Wreckers, Lawrence’s first ripping yarn of adventure, mystery, and derring-do on the Cornish coast 200 years ago, will be eager to dig into this seafaring sequel… A well-written period adventure, with the door left open for more to come.”

Booklist, starred review
(The Smugglers)