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Lost on a Mountain in Maine

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,018 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
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 the hides him from sight. And he doesn't count on taking a turn that leaves him ...more
Hardcover, 109 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Perfection Learning (first published 1939)
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Emily
Sep 30, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book. I don't remeber much, since I haven't read it in such a long time.
Wayne S.
Jan 14, 2012 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wi ...more
Scott
Aug 10, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, survival
Some people like disaster stories, some like romance but for me what does it is a nice survival story.

So this one takes a bunch of people out hiking - takes a kid (this is a true story about the author by the way) who leaves the summit of a mountain and misses the trail down - how does the kid survive? What does he go through when he discovers he's lost?

Good story - bad book.
I just never got the feeling that he was in trouble, I got no insight into what he was really feeling. If you read enough
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Payton Magdanz
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Gale
May 12, 2013 Gale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ORDEAL ON KATAHDIN

In 1939 12-year old Donn Fendler became separated from his father and Scout companions while hiking on Maine's most formidable peak. This short book presents an as-told-to narrataive--reconstructed in comfortable and safe hindsight. One can imagine the anguish of his parents--contemplating variouis fates for their son during his nine-day ordeal, during which time he endured loneliness, exhaustion and starvaiton (he lost 16 pounds!) During fog and even sleet he sought his way d
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Luann
Oct 20, 2015 Luann rated it liked it
I recently finished reading aloud Hatchet to two of my library classes, so this book caught my attention when I came across it incorrectly shelved in the fiction section of my library. I was interested to see how this real-life story would compare to Hatchet, which feels very real. I found quite a lot of similarities:

* Donn lived on berries and was eaten up by mosquitoes, blackflies, and other flying insects.

* Donn also came across a bear eating berries who didn't disturb him.

* Donn heard a pl
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Raechel
Aug 06, 2016 Raechel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, etc
Ever wanted to read a book that feels like it was written by a young Captain America? Well now you can! Donn Fendler was a 12-year-old Boy Scout who, as the title says, was lost on a mountain in Maine and found help 9 days later. The book is written in Fendler's voice, as he told it to Joseph B. Egan. So the strongest language in it is when Fendler exclaims "Christmas!" over some hardship. It's incredibly cute.

The book is a very fast read, which isn't surprising at all. There are roughly 1-2 cha
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Grace Andrews
Ah, fourth grade required reading. I don't think I minded it too much at the time, but now I can see the faults.

The thing about this book is this: if I remember correctly, this kid is an absolute idiot. He breaks every rule of hiking.

RULES OF HIKING
1. Don't hike in bad weather.
Check, it's foggy when he wanders off.
2. Always stay with another person while hiking.
Or just wander ahead alone. You know. Whatever.
3. Carry a flashlight, water, and a little food.
4. If you get lost... STAY. WHERE. YOU. A
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Laura Verret
Taken from my review on The Blithering Bookster:

"Had I not known from the beginning that this story was entirely true, I should have thought it the product of a very fine imagination. As it is, I can scarcely believe that a puny twelve year old lad with no survival training was able to live in the forest for nine days on nothing but a few berries which he picked along his way. God’s mercy in preserving the life of this boy was immense."

Click on the link below to find out what happened to Donn Fe
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Andrew Kiley
Oct 21, 2014 Andrew Kiley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I though this was a great book because it is a true story and Don is trying to survive on little food while finding his way back down the mountain. Don is very brave because he goes down the hardest trail all by himself. He is very brave and tough, i liked this book.
Barbara
Oct 27, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature, non-fiction
I read this book as a child and I have not forgotten it. This story traces the hardships and dire circumstances of a young boy who was lost during a camping trip in wild, unsettled territory in Maine.
 Olivermagnus
In 1939, twelve year old Donn Fendler and other members of his family decided to climb to the top of Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine. Donn had climbed ahead of his family with a guide and the guide’s son but at some point decided to go back and meet up with his family. He never found them and was lost for nine days. When he finally made it back to civilization he was covered with insect bites and had lost sixteen pounds.

Remembering his Boy Scout training, Donn found a stream and decide
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Robin
We need more narrative non-fiction, and this is a nail-biter.
Jude
Mar 02, 2017 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read along book. Moves quickly and has lots of interesting footnotes. Crazy to think it is true and took place in 1939!
Rebecca Stevens
Feb 16, 2017 Rebecca Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never give up

Donn's faith and positive attitude saved his life. Even when his situation was dire, he was still concerned for the worry that his parents were experiencing.
Lindsay Luke
Nov 20, 2016 Lindsay Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out about this book because the author passed away recently and the Bangor Police Department posted about it on Facebook. Not being from Maine, I had never heard of it, but every kid there reads it in school. It's the story of a 12 year old boy who goes hiking on Mount Katahdin with his dad, brother, and a friend in 1939.
He gets lost returning to camp. He wanders for awhile and eventually realizes he has been going on a circle. He has no food and no supplies other than the clothes on hi
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Dulci
Jan 16, 2014 Dulci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My grandmother had this book on her bookshelves when I was a child and recommended it to me a number of times. Every time, I would find something else I wanted to read more and would return it to her without even opening it. Well, now I am blessed with that 1939 edition from her shelves and, whaddya know, Grandmother knew what she was talking about!

This boy's story is amazing! Nine days in the Maine wilderness with nothing, and he lives to tell about it! Surely, he is a lesson in determination a
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Matt
Jan 17, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost On A Mountain In Maine is the story of Donn Fendler’s (written by Joseph Egan) emergency survival situation atop one of the tallest peaks on the Appalachian; Mt. Katahdin. Donn and his family are visiting Maine on a trip that takes a turn for the worse when a storm rolls in and separates Donn from his family. Being a boy scout, Donn is able to have a slight advantage compared to other boys his age.

I admire Donn most notably for his composure in this situation but also being able to make cl
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Max D
Nov 23, 2015 Max D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, is about a man named, Donn Fendler, telling his story about how he was lost on Mount Katahdin for nine days and nine nights. Donn was only eleven years of age when he wandered off the trail during his descent from the top of Mount Katahdin. During Donn’s nine day “adventure” he had very little to eat, some not very warm clothes, a small backpack with a rock from the top of Mount Katahdin and a pair of dungarees.The book, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, made me ...more
Isabel Camacho
Jan 12, 2014 Isabel Camacho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to climb Mt. Everest? Fourteen year old Peak Marcello is sent out of the country for climbing a skyscraper. His father, a famous mountain climber, picks him up and takes him to Tibet to climb Everest. He is elated, but he has to climb it before he turns fifteen so he can be the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. He gets some help from his dad’s friend, Zopa, and Zopa’s son, Sunjo. Roland Smith did a great job at explaining in detail how Peak was fe ...more
Morgan
Oct 19, 2015 Morgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don, a 12 year old boy and his family were hiking up Mt.Katahdin on a foggy cold day. Don and his friend were the first to reach the top. Don's family was behind them. When Don decided it was to cold at the top of the mountain he started down the mountain to meet his dad. On his way down he started climbing over rocks and through bushes when he eventually realized he got off trail. When his dad realized that his son was lost he immediately went to the warden station, soon there were over 100 peo ...more
Michele Knott
This book was recommended to me by another teacher and I'm glad she came across it. This book is the actual recount of twelve year old Donn Fendler who was lost for nine days in the Maine wilderness. The author included various footnotes throughout Fendler's recount that have some facts that supported Fendler's musings on certain occurrences.
It was a little hard to get into at first because it jumps into the story without much background info. Once I understood it a little better, I quickly got
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Joaquim Alvarado
Insuportable i decebedora segona part de les memòries de l'ex-president. L'estil paternalista i perdonavides, ja present a la primera part, s'imposa clarament en aquesta segona. Malgrat que el títol insinua que parlarem d'un període concret, els anys 1980-1993, es tracta d'un bombardeig desordenat d'idees i d'autocomplaença. El fet de ser, possiblement, el polític català més brillant del darrer quart del segle XX sembla que se li ha pujat al cap, poc espai a l'autocrítica, continues referències ...more
Nyssa
Oct 29, 2014 Nyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read and mildly interesting. I can see why they make students in Maine read this but also can understand why no one else does. Best things that I can say about it are that it was short. Personally if I were a teacher having to pick between this and another book on a similar subject, such as The Hatchet, I would not pick this one. It is interesting to see the way that this boy thought and how his faith helped pulled him through but he did everything wrong. It would be much more beneficial t ...more
Hannah Kennie
I really liked this book. The main characters name is Donn. Donn is climbing Mt. Katahdin with his dad and a friend. Donn and his friend are at the summit. Donn got very impatient. He started down the mountain by himself . He took a wrong turn but he didn't realize it for quite a while. He realized that he haden't seen a mark in a while. He turned back to try and go the way he came but he couldn't seem to find the way. It was getting dark outside. He sits underneath a tree and crys. He sees some ...more
Cherie In the Dooryard
I somehow had never read this Maine classic and decided to give it a try. I read the original edition, which had lots of Boy Scout-y blurbs about how every "red-blooded American boy" should read this book. It is very 1940s, but it is also extremely moving and really quite a gripping tale.
The story is pretty much told directly in Fendler's words, and he was maybe 13 when it was written? Therefore is is a little rougher and more informal in language, but it works.

The book also provides great oppo
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Julia
Dec 27, 2013 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Twelve year old Donn gets impatient with his father and brother when they are hiking Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak in July, 1939. Donn is missing for nine days, eating only a few berries, mostly he doesn’t freak out, he follows streams, prays, believing around the next bend he will be rescued, find food, a settlement. He nearly dies, well, daily, but this remains, for me, distant. We know what happened to Donn, but we don’t know Donn.

I think I would prefer this if it was made into a good m
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Ricky Turner
Sep 26, 2014 Ricky Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Book was a fantastic book for readers who like real life survival stories. This book is about a 12 year old boy named Donn Fendler. He is hiking up mt. Kathahdin with his dad and his brothers. His brothers raced ahead and Donn decided to go back to find his dad. He took a wrong trail and can't find his dad. Donn races through the woods to find his dad until he realizes... He is not on any trail with only his sweat pants and wind breaker. Donn needs to stabilize his mind and find his dad to ...more
Danielle
Heard about this one on NPR. Donn Fendler died a couple weeks ago, and NPR did a brief bio on him.

The book is interesting, but terribly short. It suffers for period differences. It was difficult to read all the "fellows" and "Oh, Christmas!" faux expletive. Desperately needed an editor, or perhaps a ghost writer, to tell the story in clearer language.

I wonder if King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was inspired by Donn's story?
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