Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire

Arlo Finch is a newcomer to Pine Mountain, Colorado, a tiny town of mystery and magic, but he’s already attracted the attention of dark and ancient forces.

At first he thinks these increasingly strange and frightening occurrences are just part of being in the Rangers, the mountain scouting troop where he learns how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods. But soon Arlo finds himself at the center of a dangerous adventure, where he faces obstacles that test the foundations of the Ranger’s Vow: Loyalty, Bravery, Kindness, and Truth.

Valley of Fire is the first book in the Arlo Finch series.

It’s published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in the US and Canada.

Available February 6, 2018

Read an excerpt and pre-order here.

Add it to your Goodreads here.

Download the Pine Mountain Company New Rangers Guide.



Meet John on Tour

Date Time Location City, State
February 4, 2018 4:00pm Chevalier's Books Los Angeles, CA
February 5, 2018 7:30pm Booksmith* San Francisco, CA
February 7, 2018 5:30pm Second Star to the Right Denver, CO
February 11, 2018 2:00pm McNally Jackson* New York, NY
February 14, 2018 6:00pm Seminary Co-Op* Chicago, IL

*Live Podcast taping


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Arlo Finch will be available from the following international publishers:

  • Denmark: Avilda
  • Sweden: Natur & Kultur
  • Germany: Arena
  • France: Milan
  • Norway: Gyldendal
  • Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff
  • Poland: Jaguar
  • Brazil: Astrel
  • Italy: Mondadori
  • Romania: Nemira
  • Israel: Dani Book

Rights inquiries

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