Winner of:PubWest Book Design Award Trailing Tennessee is a novel about a teen’s journey on the Appalachian Trail. Eli Sutton isn’t your typical runaway. When tragedy befalls his family, he sets out on the Appalachian Trail, determined to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. With forest rangers close on his heels and his supplies running low, Eli soon discovers hiking through the Appalachian Mountains isn’t nearly as forgiving as trekking through the woods behind his home. He fights blisters, hunger, rain, and pain. But worst of all, he faces his own self-doubt and fear. The ghosts of his father and grandfather, and the spirits of the woods lurk in his mind. When Eli joins up with a group of young hikers in Virginia, his goal begins to slip further away. With his obstacles surmounting, there may not be enough trail magic to save him.
About the Author
Cory Wheeler Mimms is a freelance writer. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
“Mimms fills his story with authentic hiking details and excels at describing Eli’s mixed emotions about the beauty and dangers of his journey. . . . An intense adventure story about overcoming loss both on one’s own and with help.” —Publishers Weekly
“Debut novelist Mimms weds hiking know-how to the drama of grief with a steady touch and pitch-perfect tone. . . . A compelling story of one teenager, one trail, a few friends and many ghosts.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Eli’s determination to pay homage to his dad (another hiker), his love for the forest, and a budding romance with a fellow hiker will engage readers with a nature-loving bent.” —Booklist