Nathalie lay awake, listening for the train whistle that will bring her cousin Helena to visit. But instead of the whistle, Nathalie hears a terrible roar as Turtle Mountain breaks apart, sending 90 million tons of rock into her valley.


  • Finalist, Geoffrey Bilson Award
  • Finalist, Silver Birch Young Readers’ Choice Award
  • Honourable Mention, Juvenile Fiction, ForeWord Magazine
  • Finalist, Diamond Willow Award



The action is palpable and swift in this gripping adventure set in 1903. Fans of the “Dear America” and “My Name Is America” series (both Scholastic) will appreciate this remarkable tale of survival. School Library Journal, October 2006

Terror at Turtle Mountain epitomizes the Canadian survival story. Suspenseful, fast-paced, and moving, Penny Draper’s historical novel about loss, finding self, and reconciliation easily transposes modern-day readers to 1903, to life in the booming coal mining town of Frank and the 90-second slide disaster that killed In this character-driven plot. Written in the third person narrative, Draper excels at creating a page-turning suspended tension and an underlying premonition of disaster which sets the novel’s tone. There is definitely a place in the classroom, school library, and home for Terror at Turtle Mountain.  CM Magazine, June 23, 2006