"Trailing Tennessee" by Cory Wheeler Mimms is a must read for anyone who loved "Hachet" by Gary Paulsen. This is a story of survival against nature. The setting for this story is the beautiful yet brutal Appalachian mountains. Eli is devastated after the sudden loss of his father. The death of his father makes Eli think about a long standing tradition that his father and grandfather have always talked about. Eli will set off, by himself, on a four week journey starting in Tennessee and ending in Maine. Then he will carve his name into a tree on a hill in Maine.
While reading this book I learned a great deal about the Appalachian mountains. The hiking is difficult and dangerous. Mother nature tries to stop Eli with lightning, rain, landslides and more. The book moves at a fast pace with many action scenes that leave you anxious to find out if he makes it out alive. Mimms does a good job creating a connection between Eli's character and the reader. Eli’s determination to live up to the Sutton legacy is admirable. You can’t help but root for him to complete his quest.