by Matt Dickinson
Jason’s life is not going well. He doesn’t have a job and he’s been chucked out of his girlfriend’s flat.
When he gets the chance to work on an oil rig, Jason hopes his luck has changed. But there he meets someone from his past who could get him into a whole new world of trouble.
Can Jason get his head together and keep out of danger? Or will everything flare up around him and burn down his hopes and dreams?
Read the first two chapters:
What do you think?
The book includes ‘What do you think?’ questions that will help readers to better empathize with the characters of the story and questions that encourage personal reflection, such as:
Could you boost your self-esteem (your opinion of yourself) by challenging some negative thoughts about yourself?
Monica tells Jason to set himself a target. Why might this be good advice? What target could you set yourself?
What could you focus on to help give you a feeling of hope and confidence?
How can we tell if someone is giving us good advice or bad advice?
How does doing something kind make you feel? What could you do to be kind?
Flare Up also includes simple mindfulness activities and a calming breathing exercise to help reduce stress and anxiety.
Themes in the book
Readers could be encouraged to discuss and reflect on the following themes:
coping with anxiety and stress
living away from friends and family
building positive relationships
setting goals and targets
being kind to yourself and to others
choice and personal responsibility
About the author
Matt Dickinson writes for both adults and teenagers. His books for adults include a bestselling account of his ascent of Everest’s deadly North Face, The Death Zone, and the thrillers Black Ice and High Risk. His books for young adults include Mortal Chaos, The Everest Files trilogy, which was nominated for a Carnegie Medal, and Lie, Kill, Walk Away.
He is also the author of Diffusion’s book Snake.
As a film-maker, Matt has worked extensively for National Geographic Television, the Discovery Channel and the BBC. He is one of very few people to have ever filmed on the summit of Mount Everest.