ADVENTURE ON NEMESIS MOUNTAIN for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I recently had the privilege of interviewing author Annie McMahon on her blog tour for the release of ADVENTURE ON NEMESIS MOUNTAIN. A few days later my luck continued as I was chosen from all blog tour hosts to receive an autographed copy.

The story is one that will hit home with many young readers. For what seems like his Adventure on Nemesis Mountainentire life, Emilio has been prey to to the teasing and put downs from his own nemesis, Hans. Now the two boys are thrown together in a survival situation after getting lost in the mountains. It’s a story about fighting back, friendship, and seeing the positive in others. The tale is full of positive messages that will stay with you long after reading. Spend some time reading it yourself, or use it as a read-aloud. You’ll also learn a thing or two about the outdoors. A great story makes for a great debut and this one has both.

PUBLICATION DATE:2014   Page Count: 119

FULL PLOT (From Amazon):  Emilio would rather eat a slimy worm than miss the fifth grade field trip. Nemesis Mountain must be full of rare leaf specimens and bugs for his collection. Besides, he needs a break from the playground and Hans’s nonstop teasing. His excitement is squashed when he gets lost in the woods with his worst enemy. Alone in the forest, the two boys battle to survive the harsh wilderness, facing challenges that will change their lives forever.


  1. Emilio is not a wimp. It was refreshing to see him not just sit and take the constant taunts, but to finally have a breaking point and react.
  2. Change comes about for both characters. It’s realistic and I was smiling at The End.
  3. The scenes in the wilderness had me turning the pages as fast as I could read them. Wild animals, darkness setting in, and a scarcity of food and water brought those feelings of helplessness right to the reader as if you were alongside for the ride.
  4. There’s room for more… I liked these characters so much it would be great to see them return in a sequel.
  5. The cover is gorgeous. It only hints at what is to come with the two characters and a wilderness setting. Nice job, Dawne Dominique.


He slammed his hands on the desk, toppling the pencil holder with a clang. “I’m sick and tired of you!”


Check the links to other Middle Grade novels over at Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post.


About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
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9 Responses to ADVENTURE ON NEMESIS MOUNTAIN for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

  1. salarsen says:

    An autographed copy is so nice! Annie is wonderful. I like how you mentioned that change came about for both characters. Makes it more interesting.

  2. Yes, the cover is awesome. And sounds like a great story with lots of character growth.

  3. warrchick says:

    You know I enjoy a good survival story, so this one sounds like a no-brainer for me. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, and happy MMGM!

  4. Thanks for your wonderful review, Greg! I always like reading your reviews, but I particularly like this one. Call me biased. 😀

  5. This sounds terrific. I will definitely check it out. It sounds a bit like some of Gary Paulsen’s books, which I love, but with a twist. Congrats on scoring an autographed copy.

  6. jennienzor says:

    I love survival stories, so I’ll be definitely checking this one out. I think my son, who loves bugs, would enjoy this as well. Thanks for featuring it!

  7. I’m looking forward to reading this one too!

  8. What a great and inviting cover. Kids will snatch it just to see what the story is about. Great review. Liked all of your points. This is a great story of survival and depending on one’s resources.

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