Missing in the Mountains

Missing in the Mountains

by Terri Fields
     
 

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Jarod is a snowboarder and is stuck taking care of his younger sister, Jennifer, who is a beginning skier. When a bully threatens the two, Jarod convinces Jennifer to ski out-of-bounds to avoid a conflict. They venture into the restricted area and Jennifer watches in horror as her brother is buried in an avalanche. Will Jennifer be able to rescue her brother and,

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Jarod is a snowboarder and is stuck taking care of his younger sister, Jennifer, who is a beginning skier. When a bully threatens the two, Jarod convinces Jennifer to ski out-of-bounds to avoid a conflict. They venture into the restricted area and Jennifer watches in horror as her brother is buried in an avalanche. Will Jennifer be able to rescue her brother and, together, will they be able to find their way to safety?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Eleven-year-old Jarod is glum about babysitting his eight-year-old sister, Jennifer, on a ski trip. Winding up in a life-threatening situation, the two must figure out how to survive despite a relative lack of gear and Jennifer's asthma. This decent "kids-in-peril" thriller should appeal both to boys and girls, since Jennifer and Jarod take turns having good survival ideas. Parents of asthmatic kids will like the active role Jennifer takes in managing her own care. A quibble--the author has the two of them out for much of the day without ever taking a break for food or drink. Although young readers may not care, cold-weather dwellers know that calories and hydration are essential in the wintertime.
Library Journal
Gr 4-6-What begins as a family ski vacation at a Colorado resort ends as a life-and-death situation for 11-year-old Jarod and his 8-year-old sister, Jennifer. Continuously confronted by a bully whom Jarod knows from a previous school, they escape the taunting by veering beyond the safe ski zone. Jarod is in his glory with all of the untouched snow. Tragedy strikes when an avalanche is triggered and Jarod is buried. The children's struggle to survive begins with Jennifer uncovering Jarod, the two building a snow shelter, and, eventually, the girl leaving her brother to summon help. At times, the characters seem much older than their stated ages in their reactions and conversations. The dialogue seems stilted at times and problems are worked out a little too quickly or easily in a few instances. Suspense does build as readers wonder if the two will find a way to safety. Survival techniques are effectively woven into the plot. The story has enough adventure and tension to make it an additional purchase for paperback collections.-Cheryl Cufari, Glencliff Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873589505
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
08/25/2008
Pages:
108
Sales rank:
506,374
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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