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Lily's mountain
2017
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Lily refuses to believe what everyone else accepts to be true: that her father has died while climbing Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Lily has grown up hiking in the Alaskan wilderness with her dad. He's an expert climber. There's no way he would let something like this happen. So instead of grieving, Lily decides to rescue him. Her plan takes her to Denali and on a journey that tests her physically and emotionally.

In this powerful debut, Hannah Moderow has written an authentic Alaskan adventure that crosses terrain both beautiful and haunting--and ultimately shows the bond of family and the wonder of wild places.
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-7-Lily's father is pronounced missing after he went climbing Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Her father is an expert in mountaineering, so Lily suspects something doesn't add up. She refuses to accept that her father has died. Lily enlists the help of her sister Sophie, and together they set out to rescue their dad. Readers will easily become absorbed in this plot-driven story. The sisters are each tested emotionally and physically. What keeps them sane is the teachings of their father and the memories that they share. There is strong character development, and readers will be inspired by Lily's and Sophie's ambition, perseverance, and self-determination. The chapters are short and the pacing quick but natural. VERDICT This is a heartwarming novel that is filled with adventure and would be a solid addition to middle grade shelves, especially where survival tales circulate well.-Ericka Greer, Ouachita Parish Public Library, Monroe, LA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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How far would you go to rescue your father? When 12-year old Lily hears that hers, a seasoned mountain climber, has fallen to his death while hiking Denali, North America's highest peak, she refuses to believe it. Convinced that rescue crews gave up too soon and the absence of her father's body must mean he is still alive, she and her 18-year-old sister, Sophie, immediately start off toward the mountain with their own hopes of rescuing their father. Despite their determination, there are life-threatening obstacles at every turn. The girls must ford icy rivers, face grizzlies and porcupines, and contend with their own exhaustion during the 20-mile trek. While city-bound young readers may question the reality of a 12-year-old surviving in such a harsh environment, Moderow's beautifully written imagery of the Alaskan wilderness is enough to take their breath and minds away from the sidewalks and SUVs of everyday life. Lily's determination and strength as well as her touching relationship with her sister give Moderow's first book an additional layer of poignancy and emotion.--Kuss, Rebecca Copyright 2017 Booklist
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