Cover image for Death mountain / Sherry Shahan.
Death mountain / Sherry Shahan.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree, 2007.

Physical Description:
202 pages ; 20 cm.
While traveling to visit the mother she has not heard from in almost a year, Erin and another teenage girl become lost in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains and must struggle for six days to survive.


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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.

Author Notes

SHERRY SHAHAN is a photojournalist and the author of numerous books for young readers, including THAT'S NOT HOW YOU PLAY SOCCER, DADDY!, WAIT UNTIL DARK, and FROZEN STIFF. Shahan lives in California.

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Erin joins some teenagers on a hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The hike becomes a harrowing exercise in survival and a chance for Erin to rethink her expectations of the mother who deserted her. Although the plot and its outcome will be familiar to readers of survival fiction, the details of place are strong. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.