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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 Pea...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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karen
everest is a giant mountain that people climb when they want to die. there is no other reason to climb it. is there a mac-and-cheese restaurant at the top?? no. is tamerlane up there?? nope. do you get free rent for life if you succeed? no way. so what's the allure??

the thrill of danger?? throw a rock at a bear. it will take less time and you are less likely to freeze to death. a sense of achievement? run a marathon - you will probably not lose any toes. wanting to be among an elite group of smu...more
Ashley
Dec 14, 2008 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pre-teens and young teens; those interested in mountain climbing
Recommended to Ashley by: school bookclub
Shelves: for-book-club
In the beginning, fourteen year old Peak Marcello winds up getting arrested for illegally climbing skyscrapers in New York City. This leads him to his long-lost father and to a climb that changed everything- a climb on Mount Everest.


I learned three main things from this book...

1) "...what makes a story unique is not necessarily the information in the story but what the writer chooses to put in or leave out. (pg. 146-147)"

2)"You don't have to be alone to feel alone. (pg. 154)"

3) Sacrifice. Thin...more
Alex
Named Peak by his obsessed by mountain climbing father, Peak finds himself in court about to be sent to juvenile detention cell, for climbing a skyscrapper. Peak is snapped away to China for an attempt on Mt Everest with his father. Peak can not decide if his father is there to use him or because he thinks Peak can make it. A gripping story with great characters, be sure to read this somewhere warm, because PEAK radiates an icy chill that settles into your bones.
Donalyn
I have several students who jokingly tell each other, "Climb high, sleep low," when they have a problem, great advice from Peak! This is definitely a book that adds to your schema for all things Everest. I learned so much from this book--the types of people drawn to mountain climbing, technical terms for gear and mountains, and the dangers of attempting to reach the summit.

A great coming of age story which parallels the mountain climb.
J
May 29, 2012 J rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle school boys

"I have climbed my mountain, but I still must go back and live my life."----Tenzing Norgay on the summit of Mount Everest


Peak Marcello is a fourteen year old boy living in New York City who illegally climbs skyscrapers to satisfy his passion for climbing, handed down to him from both of his parents. Unfortunately, his last illegal climb of a skyscraper hands him a harsh sentence from a Judge who is trying to make an example of him. Peak's father steps in and offers to finish raising the boy half...more
Duffy Pratt
Asked why he wanted to climb Everest in 1023, George Mallory quipped "Because it's there." The mountain killed him soon thereafter. He was last spotted 800 feet from the summit, and disappeared after that. Seventy five years later they found his body, and from the examinations that were done on it, it sounds like it was mostly intact, basically frozen for eternity or until discovered. There's still some debate over whether Mallory got to the summit, and if he did, whether that counts as the firs...more
Thomas
May 07, 2009 Thomas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of not just climbing, but fiction about family as well
"Peak" is about fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello who has just been arrested for climbing a skyscraper in the center of New York City. He has the choice of rotting away in juvy, or escaping with his father to climb Everest (although he doesn't know it at the time). It's no wonder he decides to go with his neglectful father, who wants Peak to call him Josh. The rest of the book is about Peak's adventure climbing the legendary mountain, including Josh's incentive and motivation to get his son up the...more
Rebecca Weimert
Rebecca Weimert
Adventure

Peak Marcello was caught climbing the Woolworth Building in New York and is sentenced to live with his is biological father in China. Peak believes he will be attending a private school, but to his surprise his father has other plans. His father Josh owns a mountain climbing company and has decided to take Peak to the top of Everest so he will become the youngest person to climb up the entire mountain. At first Peak is upset with the idea, but just as he was getting excit...more
Abbey
Have you ever wondered how climbing is really like? What kind of things happen while people are climbing and how long it takes to climb to get to your destination? Peak gives you all of the information about it. And including a story line to go with it, not just facts on climbing. Being the kind of reader I am (reading mysteries and crimes and such), this book is actually fascinating. It actually caught me onto some spots in the book where there was a twist and it got me more into it and wonder...more
Cameron Paynter
This book was a bout a boy Peak and his life, it took place mostly at Mount Everest. found this book very interesting because it was cool to see what peak did in his life because he is the same age as us. This is about Peaks life it first took place in the city living with his Mom,but peak got in deep trouble and and his dad took him to mount Everest. Peaks Dad is a famous mountain climber and Peak is trying to be the youngest kid to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Read this book to find o...more
Laura Galindo
One of the most fascinating and informative books I have ever read. The retelling of the journey to the summit of Mount Everest had me completely immersed in research for weeks. I never thought I would become interested in the action type of literature, but this book proved me wrong in all aspects.
paula
I really enjoyed Smith's Cryptid Hunters, a page-turning, funny adventure story of two siblings and their globe-trotting uncle (father). Featuring nefarious villains and their henchmen, resourceful young people who confront their fears, and guest appearances by mokele-mbembe and Sasquatch, Cryptid Hunters pretty much hit all my buttons.

Reading the jacket copy for Peak, I expected much of the same. Peak is a teenager in New York City who is a born mountain climber. The city is not his natural hab...more
Michael cook
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to climb Mt. Everest. Well red this book and find out. The main characters name is Peak. His parents are climbing geniuses. Peak was born and raised in New York so there are no mountains. Because of this, he had to scale skyscrapers. After he was caught and sent out of the country, his dad took him to Tibet to climb Everest. Telling a climber that they are going to Everest is like telling a football team that they are going to the super bowl. So it co...more
Elizabeth O

Introduction
The book that I had just finish reading is called "Peak" written by Roland Smith.This book is about a 14 year old boy named Peak who had illegally tried to climb up the skyscrapers and gets in trouble with the police. He goes on trip to tibet with his father and climbs Mount Everest.If he gets to the top, he would be the youngest person to stand above 29,000 feet.But in order for this to this to happen, he can't get cought by the chinese.If he does get cought, he gets arrested.In...more
Gabriella Nestor
Introduction

The novel Peak is written by Roland Smith expressing the physical and emotional tolls on a fourteen year old boy Peak Marcello as he climbs to reach for Mount Everest. In the opening scene, Peak writes about his outrageous stunt in scaling the Woolworth building in New York City to tag his blue mountain on them. Nevertheless, his plans rapidly come to a complete end, as he is caught and arrested for vandalism, and climbing. His stunt goes public and Peak is in deep trouble and has to...more
NTE
I'm not big into survivalist YA - I know I'm a literacy major, but Hatchet made me wish I had one & The Lord of the Flies just made me want to cry - so it's probably good that I opened this book without knowing what to expect.

(This comes from getting 99.99% of my books through PaperbackSwap & BookMooch - by the time they come, I have no recollection why they were added to the wishlist in the first place, and then, by the time I get around to reading them, I have usually no notion - besi...more
Jonah 713
Oct 07, 2012 Jonah 713 added it
Shelves: 7th-grade
I really enjoyed the book Peak by Roland Smith. I found the characters to be interesting and very thought out as well as realistic, Especially the protagonist, Peak, a 14-year-old climber and his father, Joshua Wood. The story tells the tale of a boy, Peak, who makes an attempt to reach the summit of the tallest mountain in the world, Everest. The plot was that if peak reached the summit, he would be the youngest climber ever to conquer Everest.
This book really kept Josh’s and Peaks relationsh...more
Kyle Barry
Over the summer, I have read the book called Peak by Roland Smith. This was an interesting book and I sort of liked it, but it was not to my standards on how my favorite book is. There were many characters in this book. The characters names were Peak, Sun-Jo, Zopa, Josh and many more in this book but those were the main ones. The plot of this story was that Peak had to climb to the top of Mount. Everest before school started and he wanted to complete his goal. At the beginning on this journey h...more
Kenzie Carbone
Mikenzie Carbone
September 19, 2013
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The book Peak was an enjoyable book to read. There were some characters I really liked and some I did not. Peak and Sun-jo were my two favorite characters in this book. I loved their personalities, their motivation on the mountain, and how they treated one another as great friends. I did not like Josh or Captain Shek from the book Peak. I did not like how Josh was never there for Peak and only cared about his own needs. I did not like how Captain Shek w...more
Anthony Oriola
The book Peak by Ronald Smith took place in New York City at Mount Everest. At the beginning Peak the main character was climbing a building in New York City and during his climb a police helicopter came and arrested him for trespassing on the property. Peak was let go from a Juvenile Detention Center, but he had to go to live his dad Josh in Thailand. Peak was told unexpectedly that he was going to be climbing Mount Everest with Josh. When he was on the mountain he met new characters like a boy...more
Mei Soucie
Mei Soucie
September 23, 2013
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Review on Peak
The book “Peak” by Roland Smith was a book about a young boy who climbs Mt. Everest. The story begins with a young boy named Peak who climbs the Woolworth Building. He gets in trouble with the police and has to leave the country with his biological father, Joshua Wood. Joshua Wood takes Peak to Mt. Everest to be the youngest climber to climb Mt. Everest. Because Josh is busy with his clients, he asks his friend, who is a very experienced climber,...more
Cameron Ruggiero
I have recently read the book Peak. This was a book about a young boy whose name was Peak. He made a couple of bad choices and he ended up in jail and then in Asia, climbing Mt. Everest. Overall I thought this was a pretty good book!

When Peak (a 14 year old boy) goes and tries to climb a building in New York he ends up getting caught at the top and arrested and facing charges. He ended up in jail for some time then when he went to his court trial his dad got him out by taking him out of the cou...more
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Sep 24, 2013 Samf added it
SamFlahertySeptember23,2013 ReviewonPeak
InthisbookcalledPeak,thereweremanythingsthathadhappened.Somethingsweregoodand somethingsweretragic.Inthebeginningofthestorywestartedwithaforeshadowing.A foreshadowissomethingthattheauthortellsuswillhappenlaterinthestory.Inthisforeshadow, Peakwasonthebackofatruckwritinginamoleskinjournalabouthistripsofar,butno one knowswhathistripevenis.Sothisiswhereitiscalledaforeshadow.Ithinkthatthebeginning ofthestorywaskindofboringatfirstsincetherewasn’tmuchdetailinmyey...more
Casey Sullivan
Casey Sullivan September 23,2013
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Peak Plot
I rate the story Peak with five stars. Roland Smith made this story really intense and he made it exciting, I always wanted to know what was going to happen and if they were really going to succeed their dreams. The story was intense because people were always getting sick and with all the blizzards you wanted to know what was going to happen to all the people up on the mountain at the time.
There were several characters in this story that are ma...more
Jacob
I enjoyed “Peak” because it is a very adventurous book. It starts off with the main character Peak climbing up the side of a skyscraper. When he gets to the top he gets arrested, and set to Juvenile Detention Center for few days until he goes to trial. From there it gets pretty interesting.

Peak is the main character and fits the position fairly well. He does some interesting things, from climbing bridges to climbing buildings. When he gets to the top of the mountain,he paints a stenciled shape...more
Philip
This was a decent book - kindof like an Into Thin Air for kids. It's about a boy, (aptly named "Peak") who gets into some trouble with the law, leaves the country through a back door and is going to attempt to climb Mt. Everest.

Everest, I guess is a pretty big little mountain - and from reading Into Thin Air it sounds like a pretty tough little hike - especially if you're 14.

Interspersed is some geography. We learn a little of the China/Tibet conflict. There's a Buddhist monk who mysteriously co...more
Hunter Kollmorgen
If you were forced to stay in Juvenile Detention or live with your long-lost father, which would you choose?

As you read "Peak" by Ronald Smith, you will learn how a teenage boy puts his whole life in danger, just from climbing a New York City skyscraper. Peak Marcello chose to live with his father who owns and runs his own climbing company in Thailand. Peak soon find outs that his father wants Peak to be the youngest person alive to reach the Mt. Everest Summit. Even though Peak is a climbing...more
Reyhan Can
The title of the book is "Peak". The author is Roland Smith. The Cons/Challenges are that they had little oxygen and i felt bad for the characters, also it was painful beacuse they got hurt and some climbers died on the way up. The thing that was special/uniques about this book was it showed how people risk their lifes to reach the top of Everest. The Pros/likes was that there was so much adventure. The main character is Peak Marcello a 14 year old boy that climbed the skyscraber in New York Cit...more
Heloisa De
This novel falls into the category a book with a male main character.

I decided to read this book because it was realistic fiction which is one of my favourite genres. I found the title and the cover intriguing and once I found out what it was about I was very interested in reading it.

A quote from the novel that I found most interesting was “You can never tell who the mountain will allow and who it will not” This quote gave me a firm understanding on how risky it I attempting to climb Mt. Everest...more
Shane Bryan
For some reason, I wanted to read a climbing book. So I read Peak by Roland Smith and i was not dissapointed. In this book, a fourteen year old boy named Peak gets in legal trouble because he has been climbing 50 story skyscrapers and tagging them. as his sentence, his biological father takes him out of the States until the media calms down about the issue. It is worth noting that Peak's father is arguably the best climber alive. And instead of taking Peak to a small area out of the way of the...more
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Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University and, following a part-time job at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, began a 20-year career as a zookeeper, both at the Oregon Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. After working to save wildlife following the E...more
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