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. 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.


About Roland Smith

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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.
Published January 1, 2007 by Harcourt Children''s Books. 257 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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This and other elements such as the return of the long-lost father, bite-size chunks of information about climbing and altitude, an all-male cast, competition and suspense (can Peak be the youngest ever to summit Everest, and can he beat out a 14-year-old Nepalese boy who accompanies him?) create...

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The Independent

On 10 May, while Stephens, expedition leader John Barry, two other team members and their Sherpas, hesitated at the South Col - the last camp before the summit - a record 38 people of various nationalities reached the top.

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The Telegraph

the atmosphere is relaxed and there's a distinctly contemporary feel all round, from the wall-sized seaside photograph in the dining room to the unfusty textiles in the sitting room.

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Time Out New York

The first of 1997's two volcano movies acquits itself well in the spectacle department, but its colourless characters, dwarfed from the outset by a computer-generated peak, finally get lost among the deadly emissions.

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Red Room

To acknowledge this, Smith makes Peak a 14 year old graduating senior from a elite, private, alternative school in NYC.

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