Storm Mountain by Tom Birdseye
When I was teaching grades 5 & 6, I used to love to find great stories about ordinary kids in extraordinary circumstances because the students would be sitting on the edge of their seats. Storm Mountain is a great example. It drags cousins Cat and Ty into the dangerous world of mountain climbing. The children of famed climbers Scott and Jonathan Taylor, Cat has studied to learn everything she can about the mountain that killed her father and how to climb, while Ty has avoided learning anything about it. Ty and his mother actually moved away to the big city after her husband and his twin brother died during a storm two years earlier. Now, with Cat’s mother away at a conference and Ty’s mother also absent for a few days, Ty returns to Storm Mountain with the idea of spreading the ashes of their dads on the summit. Cat knows a storm is coming in and plans to talk Ty out of going but she falls asleep, he leaves without her, and takes her father’s ashes with him. Cat and her rescue dog, Mugs, head off to retrieve them and get caught up in a vicious storm. The cousins have to dig in the same way their dads had to two years earlier and try to wait out the howling winds and whipping snow.
Avalanches, snow bridges, crevasses, and weather, and no-one knows where they are. Join the “cliff hanging” adventure on Storm Mountain.