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Peak by Roland Smith
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Jan 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-books, adventure, quick-reads, sports-related
Read in January, 2012

This is a quick, but interesting read about a teen mountain climber.

Peak (yes, that's his name--both mom and dad were climbers when he was born) gets into trouble for climbing skyscrapers in New York City. As part of his plea deal, he's sent to live with his estranged father, Josh Wood, a famous mountain climber. Though Josh tells Peak's mother and the judge that Peak will enroll in an American school overseas while Josh continues leading climbing expeditions, Josh has other ideas. He's going to set up his son to become the youngest person to ever summit Mount Everest.

Smith keeps the story interesting while describing Peak's encounters with his father's friend and former sherpa, Zopa, and Shin-jo, the son of a sherpa who died in a climbin accident. I cannot believe how much I learned about mountain climbing and Everest in particular. However, the book never felt like it devolved into an instructional or informational text.

I know several students who will enjoy this quick read, and I will not hesitate to recommend it.
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