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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.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., c2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780152024178
Branch Call Number: j F SMITH R
Characteristics: 246 pages : map ; 22 cm.


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One boy seeks to climb Mount Everest...reluctantly.

Fourteen year old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, and he's given two choices: go to a juvenile detention center or live with his father, a famous climber who lives in Thailand. His father, Joshua, wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summ... Read More »

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May 17, 2018

An interesting read.

Apr 04, 2017

I actually found this book at the donated section of the library so I got it for free. I read it and fell in love after the first chapter.

Oct 17, 2016

This is one of my favorite teen books. The repeated use of the word poof was amazing. The plot was easy to follow and the tip about a hook ( that once you start you can go back and explain whatever you want) was used greatly. Detail was piled on to just the right height and really made it clear what Everest was like. This is one of those books I'd really like to see as a movie, as long as it was like The Fifth Wave, where the line between book and movie was blurred so much, I recognized dialouge and ACTUALLY LIKED THE MOVIE! The plot was smooth and had one of the best and most hidden plot twists I've experienced. Beautiful book.

Jun 14, 2016


Sep 24, 2015

I assigned this to an adult reading /writing class for people improving their reading skills, and most of the students really liked this book. Although small type, it is fairly easy to read, has a good pace and an interesting and exciting plot.

Sep 16, 2015

it's so nice how Peak let Sunjo summit the mountain although he himself was like 10 feet away from the summit

Mar 18, 2014

Tremendous book! Ive enjoyed this

Jun 24, 2012

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

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.

hiSTORYbuff5 May 20, 2011

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

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Oct 17, 2016

"You cannot tell who the mountain will allow, and who it will not."

Jul 15, 2012

"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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Jul 15, 2012

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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