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STORM MOUNTAIN by Tom Birdseye

STORM MOUNTAIN

By Tom Birdseye

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2130-5
Publisher: Holiday House

When Cat’s cousin Ty steals her father’s ashes and heads up Storm Mountain, Cat takes off after him, setting up a fast-paced adventure in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Their fathers were twin brothers—both world-famous mountain climbers—who died on that mountain two years ago, and Ty wants to scatter their ashes as a remembrance. However, a lot stands in his way: the angry Cat, an avalanche, a fall into a crevasse and dog farts in a snow cave. The dialogue is occasionally regrettably expository—"That storm raged for nearly a week," Cat informs her cousin. "Helicopters were grounded, rescuers pushed back. Even though our dads dug a snow cave on a ledge, by the time the weather finally cleared...it was too late"—but Birdseye’s prose, full of careening action, melodrama and overwrought similes, reflects Ty’s bulldozing personality. Add believable characters, the author’s mountain-climbing expertise and a tear-jerking conclusion, and there’s plenty here for young adventure enthusiasts, especially reluctant readers who prefer brief novels with simple, action-packed plots that can be read in one big satisfying gulp. (Adventure. 8-12)