Illustrations © Ben Bishop

Lost TrailNine Days Alone in the Wilderness

by Donn Fendler with Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Ben Bishop Down East Books, 2011

"I never should have climbed Katahdin in the first place. We had other plans."
But in spite of Donn Fendler's other plans, he DID climb mile-high Mt. Katahdin with his family and friends. But in a sudden July sleet storm, Donn got lost on the mountain. He was lost for nine days alone in the dense Maine wilderness, facing bugs, bears, and despair. But something inside Donn wouldn't let him give up. He prayed, he fought, and he endured to become one of New England's greatest survival stories.


2013 Maine Student Book Award Winner

Maine's Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book selection for National Book Festival, 2012

2012 Maine Literary Award Winner-Young Adult

2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards Honorable Mention-Graphic Novels

Augusta Reads 2012 Book

2011 Lupine Honor Book from Maine Library Association
(in Juvenile/Young Adult Category)


Donn Fendler's story of survival is both terrifying and uplifting. It's wonderful to see it in a format that will introduce it to a whole new generation of readers. Here is a graphic novel about a real American superhero. --Stephen King

Lost Trail deserves a spot in everyone's library, young and old alike, for the message it leaves in the minds of its readers--that despite bad odds, things can and do turn out right.
--New Maine Times

It's the kind of story that grips readers right up until the end . . .The graphic novel format is ideal for conveying the emotions and adventure of Donn's story. Bishop's black and white illustrations bring the story to life . . . The Nonfiction Detectives


Used with permission by:
Down East Books
PO Box 679
Camden, ME 04843