"If Dad seems less a character than a collection of folksy forest do's and don'ts, the author's practice of recounting terrifying events in a matter-of-fact tone (an Alaskan specialty) renders the sisters' journey more than sufficiently compelling. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Her dad has climbed Denali, North America's highest mountain, six times, so when he's reported as having fallen to his death in a deep crevasse, narrator Lily, 12, knows better than to believe it.
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