Trailing Tennessee
by Cory Wheeler Mimms

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 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.

This debut novel by Cory Wheeler Mimms is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Price: $14.99 US, $17.99 CAN
Age: 10 and up
ISBN: 9781940052007
Format: Trade Paper



Cory Wheeler Mimms is a freelance writer currently living in Portland, Ore. He holds a master’s degree in publishing and writing from Portland State University. When Cory isn’t writing, he’s most likely reading, brewing, running, skiing, or swimming. Trailing Tennessee is his first novel.

“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.”


“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