Lost on a Mountain in Maine

Lost on a Mountain in Maine

by Donn Fendler
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Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler

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 that hides him from sight. And he doesn't count on taking a turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nearly two weeks in the empty mountain wilderness.

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ISBN-13: 9780606013789
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 05/01/1992

About the Author

Since his close encounter with death in the mountains of Maine more than seventy years ago, Donn Fendler has visited countless schools, speaking to eager readers about his journey to civilization. He still receives countless letters from fans inquiring about that time in his life—which he always answers. He carves out months of time to speak to students at many schools about his experiences. Now retired from the U.S. Army, Donn lives half the year in Tennessee, while spending summer and early fall in Maine.

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Lost on a Mountain in Maine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
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 with Mr. Austin, but Donn leaves anyway. Unfortunately, a thick, fast-moving fog obscures the path. Donn falls down an embankment that hides him from sight. Then he takes a wrong turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nine days in the empty mountain wilderness. Will he make it to his camp or be found by the others? This book is Donn's own description of his struggles to survive after being separated from his companions, as told to Joseph B. Egan. For years I saw it advertised in the Christian Book Distributors catalogue and finally decided to purchase it to read as a family read aloud. With no food and no shelter, Donn survives by remembering his Boy Scout skills and by drawing on his faith in himself, his family, and God. His shoes and then his feet were cut to shreds on the rough stone outcroppings. He was tormented by insects, encountered a bear, and tumbled in an icy river. His "dungarees" were impossible to walk in, once wet, and he lost them. He suffered from cold, hunger, loneliness, and hallucinations. Toward the end of his ordeal Donn followed telephone wires and a stream, hoping that both would eventually lead him to what civilization there was in the great woods of Maine. Donn's harrowing story, as told to Joseph Burke Egan, who was an author and I think a journalist, apparently was first published later in 1939 and has been a beloved family and school classic in Maine since that time. Through the years, Fendler himself visited schools and libraries to share his experiences, and generations of Maine children have learned lessons about courage, faith, and will from Lost on a Mountain in Maine. I especially like the way in which Donn emphasizes the fact that he put his trust in God and said his prayers daily for God's protection and deliverance. In 2008, Donn's story wes retold with illustrations by Ben Bishop for a graphic novel entitled Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, published by Down East Books. I guess that this all right for a generation that doesn't want to read words, except for a few in a cartoon bubble every now and then, bur prefers just to look at pictures. However, we really enjoyed the original and thought it quite exciting.
RSArts More than 1 year ago
Don was my mother's cousin and he would frequent our house when I was a child and would reluctantly tell us the story of his adventure. Don was not one of lengthy discourse and was anything but verbose. Nevertheless, his ruminations were vivid and scary for a child to hear. It is amazing that he was able to survive despite his run of bad luck throughout his adventure. I enjoyed the book when I was young and have enjoyed it again 50 years later. A great adventure never loses its ability to grip one’s guts and fill them with butterflies, send chills down one’s spine and goosebumps crawling on one’s flesh. Thanks for the memories Uncle Don!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because I have always been fascinated how people can live off the land and stay alive. I have always wanted to do that some day. A boy named Donn gets lost when he splits from his group going down the mountain. He only drinks some water from a stream and eats some berries for nine days. I think someone who likes adventure books would like this book because Donn gets lost and finds his way out .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I is bored talk to me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy reading short true story. Since the reader knows the happy ending at the onset, there isn't much suspense. The boys training by his father gave him life saving choices when it came to eating and drinkinf safely in the woods. This is a book every person who enjoys hiking should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Y it end?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler, is a fascinating story.  The way the author describes the adventure Donn has been through is interesting.  Another thing I liked was the pictures that shows the aftermath of being alone in the woods for almost two weeks.  One dislike I had about the story was it was not long enough to really get into the book.  I would encourage readers who like adventure and exciting books.  Although, the book does have spots where it gets wordy and becomes boring for the reader, overall it’s a good book. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
donn fendler got tired of waiting for his father and brother so he decided to find his own way back to camp. He gets lost in the mountain for two weeks with no food and water.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donn and his camp group is camping in the woods. They follow the Hunt Trail, but Donn got lost. Now he is lost in the woods with no food or water He makes me feel bad because he has no food or water and has live on his own really. I like the part when he found the blanket in a cabin. I was confused with how he was able to survive for the first day and why he did eat the trout. Yes this book makes you want to read more and find out what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absoultie loved your book it just touched my heart and soul
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