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The emotional, tension-filled story of a 14-year-old boy's attempt to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest is an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk.

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ISBN 9780152062682
Published 20 August 2008 by Harcourt
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Smith, Roland
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ISBN-13 9780152062682
ISBN-10 0152062688
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Harcourt
Imprint Harcourt Children's Books
Publication Date 20 August 2008
International Publication Date 1 August 2008
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Smith, Roland
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Sporting Stories
Fiction Dealing With Family Issues
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 114mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 159g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Coming of age, Survival skills, Mountaineering, Survival, Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 67098

Description of this Book

After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's 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 father's 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 it's also one that could cost him his life.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Runner-up for Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (Grades 6-8) 2010 -- Short-listed for Delaware Diamonds Award (High School) 2010 -- Short-listed for Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (Grades 6-8) 2010 -- Short-listed for Green Mountain Book Award 2010
NZ Review * A thrilling, multifaceted adventure story... A winner at every level. - Booklist (starred)

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Author's Bio

New York Times best-selling author Roland Smith is the author of 28 young adult novels including Peak, The Edge, Beneath, Above, Sasquatch, Elephant Run, Zach's Lie, Shatterproof (39 Clues), the Cryptid Hunters series, the I, Q series, and the Storm Runner series. His novels have garnered dozens of state and national book awards. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Website: rolandsmith.com

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