When the boys’ parents are called away by a family emergency, Doug and his older brother, Gordon, are left on their own in their Rocky Mountain campsite. The brothers are fighting, though, so it isn’t long before Gordon stomps away from the campsite, leaving Doug completely alone. When neither Gordon nor his parents return after three days, 12-year-old Doug fears the worst. He knows Gordon has gone to a high ridge in the Comanche Peak Wilderness - the Fear Place. Will Doug and a newfound friend - a cougar - find his brother? Or will Doug’s terror of heights prevent a rescue?
Newberry Medal-winning author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the author of more than 80 children’s books. She drew on her own fear of heights to write The Fear Place, which is destined to become a children’s adventure classic. The combination of her award-winning, realistic writing style and Ed Sala’s well-paced narration is irresistible.