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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 11
  • Series: Take It to the Xtreme (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd.; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552855309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552855300
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9–Three teens are excited to be taken on as junior snowboard and skiing guides with Sam's Adventure Tours, but their first training expedition doesn't turn out quite as expected. Just after being deposited on top of a mountain, Jake, Peter, and Moses witness a helicopter crash and rescue a 15-year-old survivor named Fiona. When bad weather triggers an avalanche, they must work together to stay alive. Fiona is a world-class snowboarder and the boys have survival training, but it will take all of their skills to fend off one disaster after another as they try to reach town. In this second book in the series, the characters begin to be developed well enough for readers to empathize with them: Moses reflects on his father's background in a residential school; Peter begins to understand the difference between being a leader and just showing off; and Jake reveals the source of his insecurities. Filled with danger and survival tips, this fast-paced story will appeal to reluctant readers and adventure lovers.–Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Canada
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Filled with danger and survival tips, this fast-paced story will appeal to reluctant readers and adventure lovers. (Betsy Fraser School Library Journal 2004-11-00)

More About the Author

Pam Withers is a former journalist, editor and outdoor guide who has written 13 sports and adventure novels for teens plus a sports biography. All are bestsellers and three have been nominated for awards. Her work includes the 10-book Take-it-to-the-Extreme series. A new middle-grade and young-adult novel are due out the fall of 2011. Pam grew up in Wisconsin and the Dakotas, and has also lived in California, Washington, New York City and Ireland. The mother of one son, she lives with her husband in Vancouver, Canada. Her website is www.pamwithers.com. She is also co-founder of the youth literacy website, www.keenreaders.com. Her blog: http://thekidsliteracyblog.blogspot.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bart on November 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was an average adventure book. Of course adventures are exciting, so it was a pretty good read that kept my attention. It wasn't boring to read, but it wasn't the most interesting or exciting story in the world the pictures the author painted in my mind were very detailed and gave a good view of what was going on.

The author did a good job of describing the events and making it feel as if you were there experiencing the same adventure as the characters in the story. The only trouble is that the way it was written made it very, very predictable. (I'm a little bias for this story because not only does it involve my favorite sport, snowboarding, but it also involves my favorite place in the world, Whistler, B.C.)

Not only does it hold attention, but also it is a valuable warning and caution sign to snowboarders and skiers about riding backcountry. It is a valuable lesson and is told in an interesting way. After reading this story, the reader will have more knowledge about backcountry and its dangers and they will know that it's nothing to take casually.

This book is a good read for anyone who skis or snowboards. If someone is looking for an easy read that will keep you amused, this is a great book for them. But, if someone is looking for a more difficult and sophisticated read, I would suggest finding a different book. In conclusion, I enjoyed the story as well as the lessons provided in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
My Teacher read it to us in class. It sounds in exciting but I don't think it was the greatest. The author should make the story happen quicker and she should have less characters so they'res less to concentrate on. Also think that the author should have more then one problem then of them being stuck in a snow cave.
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By Chris on May 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have recently just got done reading the book Peak Survival by Pam Withers. I think that the book was a good book to read because it was action packed all the way through the end. The book was easy to read and very understandable which made it more interesting. I love reading the Take it to the Xtreme series of books. I liked this book because it had like an outdoorsy and adventure theme to it. When I first began reading this book, it started out boring but as I went along reading the book it started to get more interesting and more action packed.
The main conflict in this book is Fiona, a snowboarding fanatic from England, is embarking on a snowboarding adventure on a nearby peak. Soon after takeoff, Fiona's helicopter crashes, killing the pilot and guide. The three boys -- themselves stranded due to unexpected weather conditions -- realize they must try to help her. Minutes after they rescue her, an avalanche rips the group apart and buries Jake. After rescuing Jake, the four recognize that they must save themselves. Thus begins their perilous ten-day descent. Faced with everything from finding shelter and surviving the cold, the group must use their skills to help each other survive.
One of the reason I liked reading this book was once I got started reading it, I felt a sense of adventure in it by which the author would describe the scene, like the plane crash and what everybody would have to do after the plane crash. I thought the author did great job describing the events that went on in the book like the plane crash, the avalanche, and much more. One reason I read this book because it had a pretty interesting cover on the book that looked like it might be a good book to read and I also snowboard on the side, like a hobby.
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