Lost on a Mountain in Maine                 -     By: Donn Fendler, Joseph B. Egan
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HarperCollins / 1992 / Paperback

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In 1939, 12-year-old Donn Fendler climbed to the top of Mt. Katahdin just minutes ahead of his dad and brothers. Tired of waiting for them to join him, Donn decided to climb down to camp by himself. But a heavy fog suddenly rolled in, and he didn't count on falling down an embankment, hiding him from sight. After a wrong turn, Donn became hopelessly lost in the wilderness for nine days. An incredible true story of courage, perseverance, and faith! Recommend for ages 9 and up.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 7.5 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 068811573X
ISBN-13: 9780688115739
UPC: 046594005991
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 9-12

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Publisher's Description

Based on the true account of a boy's harrowing journey through the vast wilderness of the Katahdin Mountains, Lost on a Mountain in Maine is a gripping survival story for all ages.

Twelve-year-old Donn Fendler steps away from his Boy Scout troop for only a minute, but in the foggy mountains of Maine, a minute is all it takes. After hours of trying to find his way back, a nervous and tired Donn falls down an embankment, making it impossible for him to be found. One sleepless night goes by, followed by a second . . . and before Donn knows it, almost two weeks have passed, leaving him starving, scared, and delirious.

With rainstorms, black bears, and his fear of being lost forever, Donn's journey is a physically, mentally, and emotionally charged story told from the point of view of the boy who lived it.

This title supports the Common Core State Standards.

Author Bio

Since his close encounter with death in the mountains of Maine more than seventy years ago, Donn Fendler has visited countless schools, speaking to eager readers about his journey to civilization. He still receives countless letters from fans inquiring about that time in his life—which he always answers. He carves out months of time to speak to students at many schools about his experiences. Now retired from the U.S. Army, Donn lives half the year in Tennessee, while spending summer and early fall in Maine.

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  1. Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    exciting true story
    January 14, 2012
    Wayne S. Walker
    Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In this true story, Donn Fendler is a twelve-year-old boy in 1939. He is on an expedition to climb Mt. Katahdin, at 5268 feet the highest peak in the state of Maine, with his father, brothers Tom and Ryan, and guide Henry Condon. Henry and Donn run ahead and meet another climber, Charles Austin, minister with the Church of All Nations in New York City, NY. Donn gets cold and decides to find his own way back to camp rather than wait for the rest. Henry cautions him against doing so and remains with Mr. Austin, but Donn leaves anyway. Unfortunately, a thick, fast-moving fog obscures the path. Donn falls down an embankment that hides him from sight. Then he takes a wrong turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nine days in the empty mountain wilderness. Will he make it to his camp or be found by the others?

    This book is Donn's own description of his struggles to survive after being separated from his companions, as told to Joseph B. Egan. For years I saw it advertised in the Christian Book Distributors catalogue and finally decided to purchase it to read as a family read aloud. With no food and no shelter, Donn survives by remembering his Boy Scout skills and by drawing on his faith in himself, his family, and God. His shoes and then his feet were cut to shreds on the rough stone outcroppings. He was tormented by insects, encountered a bear, and tumbled in an icy river. His "dungarees" were impossible to walk in, once wet, and he lost them. He suffered from cold, hunger, loneliness, and hallucinations. Toward the end of his ordeal Donn followed telephone wires and a stream, hoping that both would eventually lead him to what civilization there was in the great woods of Maine.

    Donn's harrowing story, as told to Joseph Burke Egan, who was an author and I think a journalist, apparently was first published later in 1939 and has been a beloved family and school classic in Maine since that time. Through the years, Fendler himself visited schools and libraries to share his experiences, and generations of Maine children have learned lessons about courage, faith, and will from Lost on a Mountain in Maine. I especially like the way in which Donn emphasizes the fact that he put his trust in God and said his prayers daily for God's protection and deliverance. In 2008, Donn's story wes retold with illustrations for a graphic novel . I guess that this all right for a generation that doesn't want to read words, except for a few in a cartoon bubble every now and then, bur prefers just to look at pictures. However, we really enjoyed the original and thought it quite exciting.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 5, 2008
    Melissa
    This is a must read. I am always looking for books that will engage my children's interest, broaden their minds and deepen their faith in God. It is rare to find all of these qualities in one book. We loved it!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 29, 2008
    Pat A
    Incredible story, & an awesome book! My 9 year old son loved reading it & told his teacher about it, who then read it to his entire class. After hearing him talk about it so much I started reading it & couldn't put it down.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 14, 2007
    Michelle Civitella
    This was a very well written book and I would recommend it to kids in 4th to High School. I think this boy described his adventure beautifully.You just don't want to put it down, it is that good!!
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 22, 2005
    Elizabeth M
    Although an interesting and dramatic event, this is just not as well written as it could be. These are real events told by the young boy that survived them, but there could have been more details woven in to set the stage. Still, well worth reading and, for young boys, plenty of "you are there" adventure.
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