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VOYAErin is forced to go visit her mother, whom she has not seen in eleven months. When her bus ticket is stolen, she is forced to hitch a ride with a girl, Mae, and her brother, who has a real attitude. Their hike to a swimming hole is interrupted by a massive thunder and lightning storm that among other things strikes a mule and a horse dead. Could things get any worse? Yes! Now Erin and Mae are lost in the Sierra Nevada wilderness because Mae, panicked and confused, took off over the mountain in the wrong direction and Erin followed Mae to stop her flight. Thanks to Erin's hiking and camping trips with her very "cool" Gram, she is knowledgeable about surviving in the outdoors, but still it is not easy. Over the next five days, the girls learn about themselves and each other. Mae finds a strength and maturity that she did not know she had. Erin becomes more open about her mother's leaving the family and about seeing her mother again. The details about survival in the wilderness harkens back to Will Hobbs and Gary Paulsen books, but this time the main characters are female. The story is fast paced and interesting, and the characters are well developed and real. The novel will be a good addition to the library collection. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Peachtree, 192p., Ages 11 to 15.