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Peak
by Roland Smith


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The only thing you'll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below. - Peak Marcello

After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The only thing you'll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below. - Peak Marcello

After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father's renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit--and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it's also one that could cost him his life.

Roland Smith has created an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family, and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk. The story of Peak's dangerous ascent--told in his own words--is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780152024178
  • ISBN-10: 0152024174
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • Publish Date: May 2007
  • Page Count: 246
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.44 x 5.86 x 0.86 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.84 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 51.
  • Review Date: 2007-06-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Here's the perfect antidote for a kid who thinks books are boring. In his latest, Smith (Cryptid Hunters) introduces 14-year-old Peak Marcello (named by his mountaineering parents) as he's arrested for scaling Manhattan's Woolworth Building, in an attempt to graffiti his tag—a blue mountain peak—high on the side of it. Peak is headed for a long stint in juvie when his estranged father swoops into the courtroom with a solution that will get the media's newest darling—the papers have dubbed Peak “Spider Boy”—immediately and far out of sight. Before the trek to China, where Peak's father runs a commercial climbing operation on the Tibetan side of Mount Everest, Peak's English teacher, Vincent, gives him two notebooks to fill, which will complete his requirements for the school year. This conceit allows Peak to tell his story in his own wry voice and to share lots of Vincent's advice. “A good writer should draw the reader in by starting in the middle of the story with a hook,” Peak recalls. “I guess Vincent thinks readers are fish.” The hook here is irresistible—Peak will try to become the youngest person ever to scale Everest—overcoming Chinese bureaucrats, resentment of his father, rivalry with a Nepalese teen who has the same goal, avalanches, icy crevasses, howling winds, searing cold and many, many frozen corpses to reach the 29,028-foot summit. The nifty plotting, gripping story line and Peak's assured delivery give those who join this expedition much to savor. Ages 12-up. (May)

 
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