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Peak Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Peak's parents are divorced. He hasn't heard from his father for years. Suddenly, after being arrested for illegally climbing a skyscraper, Peak finds himself on his way to Kathmandu to join his dad, famous climber, Joshua Wood.
Forced to leave his mother, stepfather, and half-sisters behind, Peak has mixed feelings about the trip. It means spending time in some of the best climbing territory in the world. It also means spending time with a man who never answered his letters or bothered to get to know his own son.
Once Peak arrives in the neighborhood of Mt. Everest, the real plan becomes evident. Joshua Wood runs an adventure/expedition company struggling to make ends meet. Taking the youngest ever person to the summit of Mt. Everest would assure the continued success of his company. Peak is just the fourteen year old for the job. Can he survive the brutal conditions and make it to the top? Will his father be able to protect him from the foreign authorities who have other ideas about who should be allowed to climb in their country?
Peak Marcello is about to have the adventure of a lifetime. His mental as well as physical strength will be tested, and what is truly important in life will be revealed.
Roland Smith, well-known for his adventure books, provides another great story for his fans. The struggle to survive on Mt. Everest, in addition to the thrilling attempt to reach its summit, makes for some fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat reading. I recommend PEAK for any teen collection.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
The story begins with Peak at home in New York where he attends a special school called GSS. They don't specialize in climbing though. Eventually, he discovers another talent, writing. So his new English teacher gives him an assignment to write in moleskin journals about anything interesting in his life. Then his desire to climb gets him into a lot of trouble with the law. So his mom and step dad, make a bargain with the law, which includes going to live with his father who is a well-known professional climber. So he sets off to Nepal with his dad, and learns more about climbing, family history and to appreciate his step dad and sisters.
Also on this thrilling adventure, he gets to know many people other than his dad Sun jo a Nepalese boy who's grandfather Zopa is accompanying them up to Base Camp. Another climber, Holly Anglo who is a reporter who wants to tell the story bout the youngest person ever to summit Everest. Which if everything goes okay then that will be Peak.
Zopa is trying to hide Sun jo on the Tibetan side of the mountain with a crazy Captain Shek who is after illegal climbers. Shek is constantly trying to find Sun jo and deport him to Nepal.
On top of all his discoveries there are so many obstacles on the mountain itself than Peak can imagine. He and Sun jo must help each other make it to the top. Their biggest problem though is the oxygen. There isn't any. The higher they go there is less oxygen and more breath taking obstacles and sights there are.
P.S. The protagonist is on the cusp of his 15th birthday (a significant detail in the plot). The level of writing is surely beyond what most modern 15-year-olds produce, but wouldn't it be nice if it could be a motivation for adolescent readers to want to be good writers?
Do you like books that keep you screaming for more?Than the book Peak by
Roland Smith is a book for you. This book is about a boy named Peak who is a mountain climber in training. It all starts when Peak gets sent to a juvenile detention center. Then his father has to come in to the courtroom and see what Peak is in trouble this time. The judge tells Peak and his dad that Peak is sentenced to stay with his father in Thailand to make sure he don't get in any more trouble. "You have got to read this book, it drew me in from the start."
Josh a.k.a Peak's dad,is a mountain climber himself that has more experience than Peak. Josh owns a company in Thailand and since Peak has to stay with his dad Peak is dragged along with his dad at Thailand. Josh is a important character to this book because allot of the action comes from him, and if he was never in this this story than Peak and his dad would never get so close. Ralph is Peaks step dad and Peak does not like him one bit!
Peak is a book full of heart stopping events, and good details. What I about this book is that it has good characters, interesting events like when Peak broke the law by climbing up that skyscraper, and he had to pay the price and go to a courtroom to settle everything and when it's all settled in the courtroom Peak is sentenced to stay with his father in Thailand. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes heart stopping books. This book is a must read for any age.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love tense moments, action and just plain awesome in books then this is one book for you. Peak is about a kid named Peak Marcello who goes on the adventure of climbing Mount... Read morePublished 2 hours ago by soccer11
Roland Smith is outstanding! As an educator, I long for books that will grab kids and not let go. Every single book Roland Smith has written does just that. Thank you, Mr. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Donna Sweeney
When Peak is caught climbing a skyscraper, the judge wants to throw the book at him. However, his absent father, Josh, jumps in, offering to take Peak out of the country and away... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary E. Young
This book was one of the most well written and well thought out books I have ever read. With a great story, and great life lessons, I can not say how good this book is compared to... Read morePublished 2 months ago
Wow, did I luck out when I chose this book for our grandson's twelfth birthday. He loved it. He finished it late one night, then had to get out of bed and go tell his dad and mom... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeanne Krause
It was okay, but I feel the author really stretched and out the story. And the end was the cheesiest ending ever. But overall, it was decent.Published 2 months ago by Jake Poster-