JOHN SMELCER is the author of many nonfiction and poetry books for adults, as well as a young adult novel, The Trap. Mr. Smelcer has been a visiting professor at various universities around the world and is the associate publisher and poetry editor of the literary magazine Rosebud.
"A gripping and poignant survival story, made even more so because of its basis on historical fact. ... Smelcer's prose is clean yet rich; original yet unpretentious, and he provides more than enough detail to satisfy diehard survival-story junkies." --Horn Book Review, Starred Review "This grim tale of the sisters' struggle against the elements will leave readers wanting to know more about this little-known time in history." --Booklist "An engaging tale of survival." --Kirkus Reviews "A classic survival story." --BCCB