Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival

Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival

by Matthew P. Mayo


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ISBN-13: 9781432834043
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 05/17/2017
Sales rank: 452,233
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Matthew P. Mayo is an award-winning author of thirty books and dozens of short stories. His novel, Tucker's Reckoning, won the Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Best Western Novel, and his short stories have been Spur Award and Peacemaker Award finalists. His many novels include The Outfit: To Hell and Back; North of Forsaken; Winters' War; Wrong Town; Hot Lead, Cold Heart; The Hunted; Shotgun Charlie, and others.

Matthew's numerous nonfiction books include the best-selling Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Haunted Old West, and Hornswogglers, Fourflushers & Snake-Oil Salesmen. He has been an on-screen expert for a popular BBC-TV series about lost treasure in the American West, and has had three books optioned for film.

Matthew and his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, run Gritty Press ( and rove the byways of North America in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey, and high adventure. For more information, drop by Matthew's Web site at

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Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LitPick More than 1 year ago
Stranded is a book about Janey Pendergast and her great grandmother Janette Riker. It is the year 1917, and Janey’s father just died. Because of this, she and her mom go to live with her great grandmother, Janette. Janey doesn’t like her very much because all Janette does is lay in bed since she is so old. One day, Janey is left to watch her great grandma while her mom goes out. They sit fairly quietly in the room for a while, until Janette asks Janey to do her a favor. “I want you to go up to the attic and bring me back the bundle wrapped in colorful beads locked in a chest.” Janey reluctantly goes to retrieve it, but when she finds it, she stops. Deciding to spite her great grandmother, she unwraps the bundle and finds a diary. She sits down to read the diary and finds within it the tale of her grandma’s youth. Janey becomes immersed in Janette’s challenges, ranging from bitter cold, to staring down bears, to beating wolves while she fights to survive the harsh trip to Oregon. When she finally brings the diary to her great grandmother, something in her has changed. Opinion: I usually don’t like journal formats, but this book really surprised me. I found myself rooting for Janette every step of the way. The characters that the author, Matthew P. Mayo, created felt real in every way, from their interactions with one another to how they acted by themselves. I also really loved seeing how Janette overcame the variety of difficulties she faced. The book had nice flow; it didn’t seem to get caught at a point and just lose its momentum, and the themes of family and survival could be found throughout this novel. I would recommend this book to ages 11 and up for some mild language and some bloodier scenes where Janette butchers animals. Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age: 15
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Author Matthew P. Mayo's Stranded is inspired by the true story of Janette Riker. Through a series of unfortunate events, fourteen-year-old Janette was left alone at the foot of the Rocky Mountains to brave the harsh conditions of winter in 1849. Written in journal format, this novel is altogether riveting. Harrowing scenes are told so vividly, and with such powerful prose, it's easy for readers to become entirely immersed in Janette's story. The young frontier girl's heart-rending account, as represented by Mayo, is one that will not soon be forgotten. Equal parts fascinating, inspiring, and endearing, the story of this determined young lady who endured unbearable conditions in the unforgiving wilderness is suitable for readers of all ages who will surely be entranced by this historically accurate work of fiction. Stranded is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.