Raven's Mountain

186p. Allen & Unwin. 2013. pap. $11.99. ISBN 9781742374659.
Gr 4–6—After moving unwillingly across the country, Raven and her sister go mountain climbing with their stepdad. Raven is so excited to be the first one to reach the peak that she does a victory dance, causing an avalanche that sends her sliding and traps her sister and stepdad. Hurt, lost, and alone, she must find a way down the mountain. Orr keeps the tension up through first-person narration that allows readers to feel pressure right along with Raven. Because most of the plot involves Raven climbing independently, this is an introspective novel focusing on her ability to overcome this hardship. She is forced into leadership as she moves from self-pity to action. It is refreshing to see a nature adventure with a female protagonist in a genre often flooded with male characters. A short author's note explains Orr's inspiration for this story and gives additional information about the Canadian setting.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ

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