Arlo Finch Tween Book Club

Tween Book Club – Take and Make

June 2021

This month we follow Arlo Finch on his adventures in the Valley of Fire. From the publisher:

Arlo Finch thought becoming a Ranger meant learning wilderness skills, like camping and knots. But upon arriving in the tiny town of Pine Mountain, Colorado, Arlo soon learns there’s so much more. His new friends Indra and Wu teach him how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods – a parallel realm of wonder and danger.

First he must master the basics, including snaplights, thunderclaps and identifying supernatural creatures. But Arlo Finch is no ordinary Ranger, and this is no ordinary time. A dark and ancient force is sending threats into the real world . . . our world.

Through perilous adventures and close calls, Arlo is awakened to his unique destiny but the obstacles he faces will test the foundations of the Ranger’s Vow: loyalty, bravery, kindness, and truth.

The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She’ll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!


This month’s project will be to create a paracord survival bracelet. It’s a useful item to have on an outdoor adventure, as it allows you to have several feet of rope on your person at all times. You can use it to replace a broken shoelace, make a fishing line, or secure an emergency tarp! Materials included are:

  • Paracord
  • Side-release buckle

The kit will come with written instructions, but it might be easier to follow a video for this project. Find one that appeals to you online, or try out this one:


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