I’m always looking for good books to read.  (If you have any, please leave a comment with your favorites!)

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One blogger mentioned reading Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler, so I promptly ordered that one from the library.  A few days later, it was in my hands.

I was surprised, though, because I didn’t know it was a young adult book.  At only 109 pages, this was a quick read, but it was also a good read!

Donn Fendler is 12 years old during the summer of 1939.  He, his twin brother, his father, and other brother are climbing to the top of Mt. Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine.  Donn had climbed ahead of his family with a guide and the guide’s son.  While he was at the top of the peak waiting, a heavy cloud descended over the peak.  Impulsively, Donn decided to head down the peak on his own to meet his family.

He never found them.

Quickly, in the heavy mist of the cloud, Donn lost his way.  He was lost for the next nine days.  All he had with him were the clothes that he was wearing.

Donn quickly found a stream and decided to follow it, figuring that it would take him to a bigger body of water and civilization.  In the course of the next nine days, he wandered many, many miles, saw bears twice, lost some of his clothes, and fought with insects and flies as well as his own mind.

Toward the end of the book, his memory gets hazy.  He was starving, exhausted, and suffering from many injuries.   Still, this is a fascinating read about resilience, determination, and trust in God.  I highly recommend this book for adults and middle school and high school students.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.


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