Amazon Burning is a spectacular debut Young Adult novel, which might also appeal to the older reader. The Author’s powerful description of the Amazon rainforest forms the perfect, wildly exotic, backdrop for this extraordinary tale of a young urban woman coming of age in the midst of intense conflict …. When 22-year-old aspiring journalist, Emma Cohen, is forced to flee the comforts of her New York University student life, she manages to persuade her father to give her an internship at his newspaper in Rio de Janeiro. There, Emma is immediately swept into a major news story, and a life-threatening situation, when a famous jungle environmentalist, Milton Silva, is mysteriously murdered. Emma must now enter the Amazon rainforest, with her father, to investigate. She is both awed by the enormity and beauty of the Amazon, yet appalled by its reckless destruction. Moreover, not only will she have to brave its primal world, but also fight to survive the kidnappers, villains, corrupt activists, and indigenous tribes that lay in wait all along the ever-twisting trail of the murder case. Stretched to the brink, it’s up to Emma, her father, and a dreamy news photographer, to unravel the mystery and live to tell the tale.
Victoria Griffith’s debut novel is a triumph! Amazon Burning is a spellbinding tale of love, intrigue, and murder set in the imperiled Amazon rainforest. A young woman’s coming of age story is deftly woven into this vast ecological conflict, as indigenous tribes struggle to defend their land against the loggers, ranchers, and miners who are destroying it. A nonstop thrill ride that will leave you wanting more.
Author biography:Victoria Griffith is the author of the award winning non-fiction picture book ‘The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont’, which won numerous awards, including the prestigious ‘Parents’ Choice’.
Before becoming a full-time author, Victoria spent twenty years as an international journalist, fifteen of which were as a foreign correspondent for the UK’s Financial Times. During that time, in which she served as the newspaper’s US science correspondent, followed by a stint as its’ representative in Brazil, she covered a wide range of topics, including architecture, space exploration, the human genome, the growth of the Internet, and Brazil’s Yanomami Indians. Environmental issues also featured and she spent some time in the Amazon rain forest. She even managed to fit in some children’s book reviews.
Victoria currently resides in Boston with her husband and three daughters.