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ISBN13: 9780152062682
ISBN10: 0152062688
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When 14-year-old Peak Marcello is caught scaling a skyscraper to place his signature graffiti tag, he is offered a choice: spend three years in juvenile detention, or climb Mt. Everest with his long-absent father.  And though the choice might be easy, the journey is not.  Peak is physically and emotionally challenged by the grueling climb, the weather, and the politics and drama of climbing culture.  Oh, and the pressure is on, because if Peak can reach the summit before his 15th birthday, he'll break a world record and gain glory and money.  Roland Smith's Peak is gripping and surprising, and though it's written for a middle-grade audience, readers young and old will be sucked in by the sharp writing and memorable characters.
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The only thing youand#8217;ll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below. and#8211; 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 Peakand#8217;s dangerous ascentand#8212;told in his own wordsand#8212;is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down.

Synopsis:

Theand#160;emotional, tension-filledand#160;story of aand#160;fourteen-year-old boy's attempt to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Synopsis:

The only thing youll 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, hes left with a choice: wither away in juvenile detention or fly to Kathmandu with his long-lost father. Peak quickly learns that his fathers renewed interest in him has strings attached. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit. The story of Peaks dangerous ascent—told in his own words—is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down.
Awards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, Booklist Editors Choice, National Book Award Winner, Junior Library Guild Selection

        

Synopsis:

After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, hes left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or to go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his fathers renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. He wants Peak 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 its also one that could cost him his life.
        

About the Author

Roland Smith is a former zookeeper and leading expert on red wolves as well as an author. He lives on a small farm near Portland, Oregon.

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kenoneverts, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by kenoneverts)
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The book Peak tells of a boy with a drive for climbing. Peak is a boy living in New York City with his divorced mother. When he is caught climbing a skyscraper he is sent to live with his father of the other side of the world. There his father plans to have him scale the highest mountain in the world. A variety of ideas keep you thinking throughout the book. Just because this book is climbing based you don't have know anything about climbing. There are family struggles, tough decisions, and other things that keep you entertained throughout. The way Roland Smith adds a little bit of every genre and idea into this story makes it even better. This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys a book full of ideas.
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Sounds like anexciting book. I would like to win it for my gandson!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152062682
Author:
Smith, Roland
Publisher:
Harcourt Paperbacks
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - General
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Miscellaneous
Subject:
Survival
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Survival skills
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in 0.38 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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"Staff Pick" by ,

When 14-year-old Peak Marcello is caught scaling a skyscraper to place his signature graffiti tag, he is offered a choice: spend three years in juvenile detention, or climb Mt. Everest with his long-absent father.  And though the choice might be easy, the journey is not.  Peak is physically and emotionally challenged by the grueling climb, the weather, and the politics and drama of climbing culture.  Oh, and the pressure is on, because if Peak can reach the summit before his 15th birthday, he'll break a world record and gain glory and money.  Roland Smith's Peak is gripping and surprising, and though it's written for a middle-grade audience, readers young and old will be sucked in by the sharp writing and memorable characters.

"Synopsis" by ,
Theand#160;emotional, tension-filledand#160;story of aand#160;fourteen-year-old boy's attempt to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
"Synopsis" by ,
The only thing youll 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, hes left with a choice: wither away in juvenile detention or fly to Kathmandu with his long-lost father. Peak quickly learns that his fathers renewed interest in him has strings attached. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit. The story of Peaks dangerous ascent—told in his own words—is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down.
Awards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, Booklist Editors Choice, National Book Award Winner, Junior Library Guild Selection

        

"Synopsis" by ,
After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, hes left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or to go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his fathers renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. He wants Peak 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 its also one that could cost him his life.
        
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