A STORY OF FRONTIER SURVIVAL
Pub. Date: May 17, 2017
PERFECT FOR FANS OF:
• GARY PAULSEN’S SURVIVAL STORIES
• THE REVENANT BY MICHAEL PUNKE
Based on a true account: Stranded is the story of 14-year-old Janette Riker who, in the autumn of 1849, travels westward to Oregon Territory with her father and two brothers. Before crossing the Rockies, they stop briefly to hunt buffalo. The men leave camp early on the second day … and never return.
Facing a winter alone in the mountains, Janette pushes aside her despair. She builds a crude shelter and kills and butchers their last ox. Soon, she is trapped by unforgiving early snows of the Northern Rockies.
The harrowing winter brings repeated attempts by mountain lions, grizzly bears, and wolves to dislodge and devour her. With blizzards, frostbite, and gnawing hunger her only companions, Janette rises to each challenge, relying on herself more than she knew possible. Her only comfort comes in writing in her diary, where she shares her fears, her travails, and her dwindling hopes….
Five Star Publishing, 241 pages, May 2017
(Strong crossover potential for Young Adult readers!)
PRAISE FOR STRANDED
“A riveting read from the very first compelling sentence to the last. A tale of toughness and the drive to survive under the most harrowing emotional and physical circumstances imaginable. A page-turning testament to the darkness as well as the grandness of life. Best of all, it’s based on a true story.”—Peter Brandvold
“Stranded, Matthew P. Mayo’s latest tale set in the West, is a grand example of a writer working at the top of his form. This gritty survival story, based on the true account of Janette Riker, a 14-year-old girl lost in Montana Territory, spotlights all of Mayo’s considerable talents. There’s enough heart and history, mixed with white-knuckle tension and fear, to keep a reader glued to the pages for many an hour. I’ve long believed that Matthew P. Mayo is the future of Western fiction. Stranded has convinced me that belief is not only true, but a certainty. This is Mayo’s best book yet.”—Larry D. Sweazy
“Matthew Mayo has a way with the West, an ability to transport a reader through time to a place, and he uses it to great effect in Stranded, the true story of a young girl’s attempt to survive alone in the wilderness. You feel every chilling moment, see the breath of the wolf, hear the growl of the grizzly, and you can’t help but wonder whether you would have made it. And you can’t stop turning pages. Janette Riker was left behind by her father and brothers, but you won’t want to leave her side—it would mean having to put the book down. Stranded has the feel of a classic….”—Andrew Vietze