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Peakby Roland Smith
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 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
The emotional, tension-filled story of a fourteen-year-old boy's attempt to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest
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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