Almost a year ago, Erin’s mother Lannie suddenly left home without any explanation. Now Lannie wants to see her. “Give your mother a chance,” Gram tells Erin as she takes her to the Greyhound station. But Erin feels miserable and unsure about seeing Lannie.
When Erin loses her bus ticket, she hitches a ride with Mae and her older brother, Levi. Erin, an experienced outdoor enthusiast, joins the two siblings on a hike along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The trails are crowded with hikers as a deadly storm suddenly descends upon the mountain. When lightning strikes, everyone scrambles for safety and Erin and Mae become separated from the others. As the days pass, the two stranded and lost girls must rely on their own determination and skills, as well as each other, to survive hunger, freezing nights, exhaustion, and injuries.
Author Sherry Shahan has created sympathetic, memorable characters in Erin and Mae. Her dramatic story displays perceptive insights into the conflicted hearts and minds of teenagers, as well as a thorough understanding of the natural world and technical details of mountaineering. An afterword includes an explanation of Shahan’s own harrowing alpine adventure that inspired the novel.
Total Pages: 176
Size: 6 x 9
Total Pages: 208
Size: 5 1/4 x 8
Age Range: 10-14
AR Quiz#: 102987
AR Reading Level: 4.3
AR Points: 6
F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: U
F&P Grade: 5
Reading Counts Level: 3.5
Reading Counts Points: 11
Reading Counts Interest Level: 6-8
“A great addition to the adventure-survival genre.” ―School Library Journal
Kentucky Bluegrass Awards (Master List, grades 6-8) ―Kentucky Reading Association, Kentucky School Media Association 2007
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards (nominee, grades 6-8) ―PSLA 2008-2009
Book of the Winter (nominee, young adult category) ―New York Library Association 2006
America’s Battle of the Books (6th-8th Grades) ―America’s Battle of the Books Association 2012
Popular Paperbacks (nominee, Adventure Seekers category) ―YALSA 2012
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Meet the Author
Sherry Shahan is a photojournalist and the author of numerous books for young readers, including Death Mountain and That’s Not How You Play Soccer, Daddy!. Shahan lives in California.