Lily's Mountain

“See you after I touch my toes to the summit.”

These are the last words Lily’s dad said to her before leaving to climb Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. He left three and a half weeks ago with a mug of coffee, a box of chocolate-glazed donuts, and a backpack with everything he needed.

Now Lily’s getting ready to welcome him home. To hear what it’s like to kiss the sky.

Then the phone rings.

It’s not the good news she’s expecting. Something happened on the way down, something unbelievable and terribly, terribly wrong. Dad’s not coming back—ever.

Lily doesn’t believe it. Her dad can’t be gone, taken from her on the mountain. He’s too good a climber. Everyone’s wrong. He’s up there, still alive, waiting for someone to rescue him—waiting for her to rescue him.

So Lily comes up with a plan that takes her to Denali and on a journey that tests her physically and emotionally. With her father’s voice in her head, encouraging her on, she crosses treacherous rivers, climbs scree-covered slopes, and encounters dangerous wildlife, all the while struggling to stay hopeful.

In this powerful debut, Hannah Moderow has written an authentic Alaskan adventure that crosses terrain both beautiful and haunting—and ultimately shows the bond of family and the wonder of wild places.


Book details: 

Publication date: Nov. 14, 2017
Page count: 192
Recommended ages: 10+
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers 

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“This is a heartwarming novel that is filled with adventure and would be a solid addition to middle grade shelves, especially where survival tales circulate well.”

— School Library Journal

“... An engrossing portrait of a girl’s devotion to her father and how she makes the most of everything he taught her.”

— Publishers Weekly

...Moderow’s beautifully written imagery of the Alaskan wilderness is enough to take [readers] breath and minds away from the sidewalks and SUVs of everyday life. Lily’s determination and strength as well as her touching relationship with her sister give Moderow’s first book an additional layer of poignancy and emotion." 

— Booklist