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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a summer read or a book report
This is a very good book for the 9-12+ year old reader. The story moves along quickly, the characters are likeable, the story is interesting and you learn a thing or two about mountaineering. You won't go wrong choosing this book to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe
Ever since her father and his twin brother, both famous mountain climbers, died in a climbing accident on Storm Mountain, Cat Taylor and her mother have lived at the base of the mountain. Two years after her father's death, while Cat's mother is out of town at a business conference, her cousin Ty shows up unexpectedly. Since both their fathers had died on the North Face...
Published on December 13, 2011 by J. Grambo


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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe, December 13, 2011
This review is from: Storm Mountain (Hardcover)
Ever since her father and his twin brother, both famous mountain climbers, died in a climbing accident on Storm Mountain, Cat Taylor and her mother have lived at the base of the mountain. Two years after her father's death, while Cat's mother is out of town at a business conference, her cousin Ty shows up unexpectedly. Since both their fathers had died on the North Face of the mountain, Ty wants Cat to join him in scattering their ashes there. Despite a bad weather report and a lack of adequate warm clothing and climbing equipment, Cat follows Ty up the mountain.

From here on, the cousins ignore dangerous storm clouds, miraculously - and unbelievably - survive a fall into a crevasse, and dig themselves out of an avalanche. It defies belief. There are so many things wrong with this book that it is a challenge to list them all. The dialogue doesn't sound like two teenagers. Cat's rationalization for just running out the door and up the mountain without preparation and without leaving a note is unrealistic. Cat and Ty repeat safety warnings to each other, and then ignore them. There is so little character development that the reader can't figure out why in the world either teenager would act the way they did, so they simply appear foolish and thoughtless.

Those interested in mountain climbing might be interested in some authentic climbing information, but they might be even more annoyed than the average person at the total disregard the two main characters have for climbing safety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a summer read or a book report, June 3, 2013
This review is from: Storm Mountain (Hardcover)
This is a very good book for the 9-12+ year old reader. The story moves along quickly, the characters are likeable, the story is interesting and you learn a thing or two about mountaineering. You won't go wrong choosing this book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Adventure, July 17, 2012
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Elizabeth H. Swartz (Winter Park, FL USA) - See all my reviews
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Cat's dad died two years ago along with her uncle. Now Ty, her cousin, shows up when her mom's out of town and wants to spread their dads' ashes on the summit of Storm Mountain. Cat just wants a normal life, but Ty takes the ashes even though Cat doesn't want him to. Not only has Ty taken the ashes, but also, he's taken Cat's dog, Mugs, so Cat has no choice but to go along.

On their perilous journey, the run-ins with storms never ends. Can Cat and Ty stop arguing long enough to find a way to survive the mountain that killed their fathers? Read this dramatic story to find out what happens.

This is an excellent book for this target audience. I have used it with middle grade readers and they loved it. It is believable to the middle grade reader and has appropriate dialogue for the age group. The friendship between Cat and Ty is perfectly developed. There is adventure, humor and the shared pain of deceased fathers. The dog is fun and provides the comic relief necessary. There is the excitement of mountains and climbing that will open readers minds to a magnificent part of our country and a skill they might have never imagined.

Give it to a child this summer and watch them enjoy every page of a really good fictional story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storm Mountain, May 17, 2012
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Elizabeth T. Alltop (Grosse Pointe, MI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Storm Mountain (Hardcover)
Cat's dad died two years ago along with her uncle. Now Ty, her cousin, shows up when her mom's out of town and wants to spread their dads' ashes on the summit of Storm Mountain. Cat just wants a normal life, but Ty takes the ashes even though Cat doesn't want him to. Not only has Ty taken the ashes, but also, he's taken Cat's dog, Mugs, so Cat has no choice but to go along.

On their perilous journey, the run-ins with storms never ends. Can Cat and Ty stop arguing long enough to find a way to survive the mountain that killed their fathers? Read this dramatic story to find out what happens.

My ten-year-old daughter absolutely loved this book. Maybe it's not "believable" in an adult world, but it definitely captured the imagination of a reluctant reader. My daughter was really gripped by this book, enough so that she was motivated to "write" a review. I think that says everything. Thanks!
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