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Two thousand miles to happy : Earl Shaffer and the first thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail / by Andrea Shapiro ; illustrated by Rebecca Harnish.

Shapiro, Andrea, (author.). Harnish, Rebecca, (illustrator.).


"In 1948 World War II veteran Earl Shaffer decided to "walk the war out of his system" and became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one, continuous journey of 174 days. This childrens' book tells the story of Earl's remarkable journey across fourteen states, two thousand miles that would require five million steps. "So, on a blustery April morning in 1948, Earl stood on a Georgia mountain peak, beside a weather-beaten sign, with a pack on his back and only the birds in the trees for company." One hundred and twenty-four days later he stood atop Maine's Mt. Katahdin in Maine in triumph. Shaffer was inducted into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame in 2011, nine years after his death"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781493068197
  • ISBN: 1493068199
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Publisher: Essex, Connecticut : Muddy Boots, [2022]

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 5-9 Muddy Boots.
Grades 2-3 Muddy Boots.
Subject: Shaffer, Earl V. (Earl Victor), 1918-2002 > Juvenile literature.
Hiking > Appalachian Trail > Juvenile literature.
Hikers > Appalachian Trail > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Appalachian Trail > Description and travel > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 8 of 11 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 3 of 4 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library E SHAPIRO (Text) 39493110092790 Easy New Available -
Hudson (Fontana) E SHAPIRO (Text) 39493109935967 Easy New Available -
Jackson County Public Library E SHAPIRO (Text) 39493109462673 Juvenile New Fiction Checked out 09/28/2023
Marianna Black Library JB SHAFFER (Text) 39493109221574 Juvenile New Nonfiction Available -