Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler & Joseph B. Egan (1939)

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“I started to run and found I couldn’t, because of the boulders; that made me frantic and I climbed over them like a cat and yelled and shouted and cried all the time.  I yelled for my dad.  I climbed up as high as I could on a big rock and screamed for him — and then I waited.  No answering shout — nothing — just the noise of that wind and the purring sound of fine sleet driving against my clothes.”  

Lost on a Mountain in Maine is the true story of 12-year-old Donn Fendler who became separated from his family and friends on their descent from Mt. Katahdin in central Maine on July 17, 1939.  He survived for nine days in the wild without proper clothing or any real food.  Hundreds of volunteers scoured the mountain looking for him, but with no success.  Eventually he rescued himself  —  35 miles away and 16 pounds lighter — through the hiking and mountaineering knowledge he’d learned from his Boy Scout troop.

This first-person account will keep your heart racing until the miraculous conclusion!

Donn Fendler’s story is also available as a graphic novel, Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, published in 2011 and there are numerous You Tube videos of his ordeal and his speeches later in life.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 128 pages, Non-fiction, 

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