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Book review: Raven’s Mountain by Wendy Orr

Raven’s Mountain by Wendy Orr, Allen and Unwin, ISBN 9781742374659

This book was selected for review from the editor’s own collection.

"Raven's Mountain (cover)"

Raven isn’t thrilled about moving—and leaving her friends behind. When her step-dad decides to take Raven and her sister Lily mountain climbing they aren’t thrilled about that, either. But when Raven gets to the top first, she is ecstatic and does a

crazy jumping, waving my arms, spinning, Top-of-the-World Dance

and that’s when the rock tilts and everything goes wrong.

Raven has to find her way back down the mountain on her own to find help for Lily and Scott before it’s too late. She’ll have to summon up enough strength and courage to keep going. And going.

While Raven is trying to make her way down the mountin, she has a lot of time to think—she worries about Scott and Lily, she thinks about the friends back in Cottonwood Bluffs, her mum, the bear family they saw on the way up the mountain (and the advice Scott gave her about bears), and her dad who left the family when Raven was very young. It’s a physically and emotionally demanding journey for Raven but she is determine to save her sister and step-dad.

I didn’t want to put this book down. It’s highly recommended if you love adventure and stories of bravery … and possibly if you love being outdoors and mountain climbing—though hopefully you’ll never find yourself in Raven’s situation!

© June 2011 “Review of Raven’s Mountain by Helga Visser”, reviewed by Rebecca Newman (Alphabet Soup magazine)

Author:

Rebecca Newman is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. rebeccanewman.net.au.

2 thoughts on “Book review: Raven’s Mountain by Wendy Orr

  1. I totally agree with you because when I was reading Raven’s Mountain, I could imagine the situation and how scary it feels. The book was irresistible, I couldn’t put the book down either. I was even tempted to look in the end of the book to see what happened.

    1. That’s so funny! I can just imagine you sneaking a peek at the end. I never read the end (until I get to the end), I like the surprise.

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