Project Description


Death Mountain

by Sherry Shahan

An afternoon hike in the Sierra Mountains turns into a struggle for survival when two teenage girls become hopelessly lost in an electrical storm and must rely on their own wits and strength to endure.

Almost a year ago, Erin’s mother Lannie suddenly left home without any explanation. Now Lannie wants to see her, but Erin feels miserable and unsure about seeing her mother again.

After “losing” her bus ticket on the way to visit her mother, Erin hitches a ride with Mae and her older brother, Levi. Along the way, she joins the two siblings for a hike along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When a deadly storm suddenly descends upon the mountain and lightning strikes, everyone on the crowded trails 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.

Author Sherry Shahan’s 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 details of Shahan’s own harrowing alpine adventure that inspired the novel.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-353-5
Publication Date: 10/1/2005
Page Count: 176
Size: 6″ x 9″
Age Range: 10 – 14
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-428-0
Publication Date: 10/1/2007
Page Count: 208
Size: 5-1/4″ x 8″
Age Range: 10 – 14
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-679-6
Age Range: 10-14
Language: English

Purchase this E-book through the following vendors:

Baker & Taylor
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Recorded Books

AR Level: 4.3
F&P: U, Gr 5, Genre RF
Lexile: 650L
Themes: Safety, Self-Reliance, Survival, Storms
BISAC 1: YAF001020 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
BISAC 2: YAF043010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
BISAC 3: YAF018060 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents


“A great addition to the adventure-survival genre.” ―School Library Journal


Book of the Winter (Nominee, Young Adult Category) ―New York Library Association, 2006

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

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Popular Paperbacks (Nominee, Adventure Seekers Category) ―YALSA, 2012

America’s Battle of the Books (6th-8th Grades) ―America’s Battle of the Books Association, 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.