A Mountain of Fun

My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780141312422

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Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods-all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

 

 

 

Princess Academy

 

Princess Academy
by Shannon Hale Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781582349930


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Miri would love to join her father and older sister as a miner in Mount Eskel's quarry. Not a glamorous aspiration for a 14-year-old, perhaps, but the miners produce the humble village's prize stone, linder, and mining is a respected occupation that drives the local economy. When the local girls are rounded up to compete for the hand of the kingdom's prince, Miri, the prize student in the Princess Academy, gets her chance to shine. In addition to her natural intelligence and spunk, she discovers an intuitive, and at times unspoken, language that grew out of work songs in the mines and uses linder as a medium. With this "quarry-speech" giving a boost to her courage and intelligence, Miri leads her classmates in the fight against being treated as social inferiors in the academy, at the same time educating herself in ways that will better the village.

 


Leepike Ridge


Leepike Ridge
by N D Wilson Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780375838743

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Eleven year old Thomas Hammond has always lived next to Leepike Ridge. He never imagined he might end up lost beneath it! But that’s exactly what happens the night Tom’s schoolteacher comes to dinner and asks Tom’s mother to marry him. Angry and embarrassed, Tom slips out of the house and escapes down a nearby stream on a floating slab of refrigerator packing foam. The night and stars lull Tom to sleep, and when he wakes, he finds he has ridden his foam raft all the way to the ridge itself - where the stream dives underground! Pulled down with it, Tom is flung over rapids and tossed through chasms until, finally, miraculously, he comes to rest, sore but alive.

What Tom finds under Leepike Ridge - a corpse, a dog, a flashlight, a castaway, crawdads, four graves, a tomb, and buried treasure - will answer questions he hadn’t known to ask and change his life forever.

Now if only he can find his way home again . . .

 

 

 

Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic


Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic
by Barnabas Quill Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780803733756

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Oh, how ten year old Persimmony Smudge longs for Glory! Heroism! Adventure! But instead she leads a very dull life on the Island at the Center of Everything, weaving baskets and sweeping floors. Until the night she overhears a life changing secret. It seems that Mount Majstic, the rising and falling mountain at the center of the island, is not a mountain at all. It’s the belly of a sleeping giant!


Now it’s up to Persimmony and her new friend Worvil the Worrier to convince all the island’s other quarreling inhabitants- the Rumblebumps, the Leafeaters, and most of all, the stubborn young king- that a giant is sleeping in their midst and must not be woken.

 


 

High as a Hawk


High as a Hawk
by T A Barron Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399237041

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Eight-year-old Harriet is determined to climb to the top of Longs Peak in Colorado. To get there, she'll have to overcome steep slopes, a freezing blizzard, and what her wise trail guide calls "surprises." But she simply must try - both for herself and for the mother she has lost. If she succeeds, she will spread her wings and fly . . . high as a hawk.

Based on the historic 1905 ascent by the youngest person ever to climb Longs Peak, the highest mountain in Colorado, this book combines T. A. Barron's powerful, poetic writing with Ted Lewin's magnificent, evocative paintings. Together, they make a truly inspiring journey.

An author's note describes how the ascent encouraged guide Enos Mills to pursue his dream of creating the Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

 

 

Maxwell's Mountain

Maxwell's Mountain
by Shari Becker Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781580890472

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Maxwell loves a challenge. At his neighborhood park, he’s found a BIG one:


A mountain, standing tall.

It was awesome. It was glorious.

 And it was big.


A true outdoorsman could climb that mountain - and Maxwell is determined to be a true outdoorsman. He has all he needs to reach the top: climbing gear, a map, a first aid kit, water, snacks, and his trusty toy soldier, Harry, by his side.

 

 

 


Story of Heidi

Story of Heidi
by Susanna Davidson Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780794517168

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This is a captivating retelling of the classic tale of Heidi, a little orphan girl who is sent to live with her grandfather, high in the Swiss mountains. One day Heidi’s aunt interrupts her happy life and drags her back down to the mountain to care for a sick little girl. Will Heidi ever return to her beloved grandfather and mountain?

 

 

 

 

Jack Outwits the Giants

Jack Outwits the Giants
by Paul Brett Johnson Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780689839023

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"Back some time ago in Appalachia, when folks still had to worry about giants and unicorns and such, there lived a boy named Jack."

Jack's caught in a downpour one day and finds a farmhouse in which to spend the night. But there's something funny about the big giant-woman and the big two-headed giant-man who own the place. What are they up to?

How Jack outwits those big old giants and saves his own hide is the heart of this funny tall tale from the award-winning creator of "Fearless Jack."