LITTLE MOUNTAIN, BIG TROUBLE is an inspirational story about a young boy with a big dream and the courage to chase that dream no matter the obstacles.
Twelve-year-old EJ is a short, unpopular, shy, self-described loser. He lives with his mother and younger brother on the wrong side of town and spends every other weekend with his hard-to-please, deadbeat father. Because surviving school and his home life are challenging enough, EJ’s the last kid you’d expect to dream of someday climbing Mount Everest …
… until he’s matched with a volunteer Big Brother. Russ is the opposite of EJ in almost every way. Despite their differences, they bond over helping EJ achieve his mountain-climbing dream. Their first goal is to hike to Minnesota’s highest point, Eagle Mountain.
But when a ferocious thunderstorm strikes in the middle of their trek, EJ and Russ are plunged into a life-or-death crisis. Fighting his loser self-image with every step toward safety, EJ learns that standing tall has nothing to do with height and everything to do with determination, heart, and courage.
Recognition and Awards for Little Mountain, Big Trouble
2023 Gertrude Warner Book Awards Finalist
2023 Book Life Prize Critics Report
Plot/Idea: Little Mountain, Big Trouble sheds a positive light on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, while offering plenty of adventure and peril at the same time. The ending will warm hearts, as will the story’s relatable characters and relevant situations that are perfect for middle-grade readers.
Prose: Norbury captures tension exceptionally well, and the crisp prose sparkles with just the right intensity.
Originality: The novel’s spotlight on mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters makes it stand out among others, and Norbury’s obvious experience with the organization lends the story authenticity.
Character/Execution: EJ is determined and gains confidence throughout the story, even when it seems the odds are stacked against him. He is a likable character who knows where to turn for help, and middle-grade readers will easily relate to his situation.
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