Smith, Roland

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780152024178
Branch Call Number: y SMITH
Characteristics: 246 p. ;,22 cm


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A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he goes to live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father's interest in him has strings attached. He wants Peak to be the youngest person to reach the Everest ... Read More »

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Mar 18, 2014
  • Exploadingbooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tremendous book! Ive enjoyed this

Jun 24, 2012
  • Triciamjensen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I am 13 and I read this book at my school library. I really enjoyed reading. It is now ine of my favourite books. i suggest it to ages 9 +

Jun 11, 2012
  • Magnifico1969 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is actually a children's book about a son who is 13 who climbs a N.Y. skscraper and is bailed out by his father, a world-famous mountain climbing guide who takes him with him to try to get him to become the youngest to climb Mt. Everest. The kid's name is Peak! Interesting but predictable.

Aug 14, 2011
  • pitterpater rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is a great book! i wish the ending was different but it was still amazing. if i was peak i would have never been able to make it past base camp. i'm surprised how strong a fourteen year old can be. amazing!

Unexpected ending, great read! I just left feeling a little unsatisfied, like there wasn't enough.

Feb 16, 2010
  • tauseef365 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I spent a month reading this book to my kids expecting it to be a typical kids book, but this book really blew me away - emotionally complex,written from a real 14 y.o.'s POV, with fantastic attention to detail, and a supremely satisfying ending. When I finished it, I had the feeling that I have gotten from my favourite books, like it was the best book I've ever read.

Dec 16, 2009
  • mmworthington rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great read! It keeps you wanting to read more. Also, you really feel like you are a climber on Mount Everst. As I was reading this book, I kept thinking, wow, I could never climb a moutain. It was a great book!

Sep 02, 2009
  • EVH_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good adventure story. Characters are interesting and well developed. Plot focuses on 14 year old boy and his relationships with his father, his step father, and other family members. (I loved the last sentence in this book, though I don't suggest people read ahead.)


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Jul 30, 2013
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This book is about a boy named Peak. He climbs sky scrapers to satisfy his love for climbing. While climbing one, he gets caught and has to go to court. A decision is made that he leaves New York until news about the sky scraper has died down. Peak goes to live with his father in Nepal. His father, a climbing guide and an outstanding climber, brings him along on his climbing expedition on Everest. Peak's dad is determined to get Peak to the top. This book follows Peak Marcello on his journey to the top of the highest mountain in the world. But as said in the book, “You can never tell you the mountain will allow and who it will not.”


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"My name is Peak. Yeah, I know: weird name. But you don't get to pick your name or your parents. (Or a lot of other things in life for that matter.) It could have been worse. My parents could have named me Glacier, or Abyss, or Crampon. I'm not kidding. According to my mom all those names were on the list."


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