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Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler
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Lost on a Mountain in Maine (1939)

by Donn Fendler

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A true story of survival previously unknown to me. It is neat that the prose remains consistent with what 12-yr old Donn Fendler probably actually thought and experienced way back in 1939. What a lucky boy, to have survived 9 days in the vicinity of Mt. Katahdin... when hundreds of searchers were looking in all the wrong places. Young Donn's constant turning to God in prayer throughout the ordeal struck a chord--God is the only one we can turn to in such circumstances.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans were probably tracking the search through the newspapers, and I particularly liked this excerpt:

"For at no time in human life will men find a greater courage in their hearts and in their weary bodies than when in youth, like Donn, they are returning home." - Boston Transcript (July 27, 1939) ( )
  sethcburgess | Feb 7, 2018 |
This is a great book to read with any young hiker. It will lead to many discussion points of what they should carry when they hike and what they should do if lost. Donn, the kid in this true story, was extremely lucky to survive. ( )
  egrant5329 | Jan 20, 2018 |
This is a great book to read with any young hiker. It will lead to many discussion points of what they should carry when they hike and what they should do if lost. Donn, the kid in this true story, was extremely lucky to survive. ( )
  egrant5329 | Jan 20, 2018 |
When twelve-year-old Donn Fendler gets tired of waiting for his father and brothers to join him on the summit of Maine's highest peak, he decides to find his own way back to camp. But Donn doesn't count on a fast-moving fog that obscures the path. He doesn't count on falling down an embankment...
  waltonlibrary | Jan 27, 2016 |
Donn has hiked Mount Katahdin, a deceptively dangerous mountain in Maine, with his dad, brothers and family friend. When he and his friend reach the summit, Donn stubbornly wants to go back down the trail to meet his dad, alone. When he gets instantly lost in the fog, his stubborn attitude aids in his survival through 9 terrifying days of mosquitoes, black flies, cold rain, bears, torn-up feet and loneliness. An amazing true story of Donn's 1939 adventure.
Although the language is outdated (he says a lot of "Gosh!" type soft expletives that kids might eye-roll at now) his amazing story is a short, fast page turner. Although you know he survives, you really feel the danger that is around every corner, and can't stop turning the pages. You learn a lot about Donn and how to "keep your head".
  jessiejluna | Mar 5, 2014 |
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The top of Katahdin was just ahead. We could see it through a break in the cold, misty clouds that whirled about us.
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When twelve-year-old Donn Fendler gets tired of waiting for his father and brothers to join him on the summit of Maine's highest peak, he decides to find his own way back to camp. But Donn doesn't count on a fast-moving fog that obscures the path. He doesn't count on falling down an embankment that hides him from sight. And he doesn't count on taking a turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nearly two weeks in the empty mountain wilderness.

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A twelve-year-old describes his nine-day struggles to survive after being separated from his companions in the mountains of Maine in 1939. When twelve-year-old Donn Fendler gets tired of waiting for his father and brothers to join him on the summit of Maine's highest peak, he decides to find his own way back to camp. But Donn doesn't count on a fast-moving fog that obscures the path. He doesn't count on falling down an embankment that hides him from sight. And he doesn't count on taking a turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nearly two weeks in the empty mountain wilderness.… (more)

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