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The Climb (Everest #2) Paperback – September 1, 2002

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"Gordon Korman is a force of nature." (Quill and Quire) "Everest [The Contest] opens a trilogy that is bound to get a few teenagers to the top of the world." (The Globe and Mail) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gordon Korman is the author of The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The 39 Clues Book #8: The Emperor's Code. Gordon has written more than sixty books for kids and young adults, including Zoobreak, Swindle, and Son of the Mob, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. A native of Ontario, Canada, Korman now lives with his family in Long Island, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439405068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439405065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Dominic Alexis's older brother Chris is one of the best young mountain climbers out there. He's sure to get to compete for a spot in the youngest expedition to ever climb Everest. But Dominic is just thirteen, and while he's a decent climber, he'd never get picked. At a "boot camp," a group of kids, mostly expert climbers, but a few that won a contest sponsored by an energy drink company, will test their endurance to prove themselves worthy of climbing Everest. Dominic determines to win the contest -- and he does, meaning he can go with Chris. He never even dares hope he could get to climb Everest, but he at least wants a chance to learn, compete, and have fun. At camp in the Colorado mountains, the teenagers are given tests of endurance and skill to determine which four of them will be selected for the expedition. But will the winners be prepared for what is ahead? I highly recommend this new series to readers who enjoyed Gordon Korman's previous adventure trilogy, Island.
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I applaud the author for writing about a subject I love.I used to lead treks to the Everest Base Camp and have long and wonderful relationships with Sherpas. I wrote about them in Beyond the Summit. Korman obviously did some research on the subject. I just wish he had done a better job. There are so many glaring errors in the book and implausible situations. In the opening, he refers to yaks being everywhere in Kathmandu at an elevation of about 4,500 feet. There are no yaks in Kathmandu. They rarely venture below about 11,00 feet.

The biggest problem is the age of the characters, especially the thirteen-year-old Dominic. Nepal has a very strict minimum age requirement for issuing permits to climb Everest, so strict in fact that they would not issue a permit for the son of a famous Sherpa climber this year. So the entire premise of these young teens climbing doesn't work from the beginning. The book was published in 2002. In 2010, a thirteen-year-old set the record as youngest to summit. He had to climb from the Northern side in Tibet because Tibet had no minimum age. After much adverse reaction from the climbing community, Tibet instituted a minimum age of eighteen. A character name Ethan is in the book as the youngest to climb Everest. In reality, no such person exists.

They fly to Lukla for two hours in a helicopter standing up and holding onto a strap. Wrong. It takes 35 minutes to get there. Small planes make the flight. I did fly into Lukla in a Russian helicopter in the early 90's. We did not stand. We sat along the sides with cargo down the center.

Dominic is the hero of the book, and here's where the whole story becomes outlandish. First of all, he's referred to as the shrimp, youngest and smallest of the group.
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Everest #1: The Contest, by Gordon Korman

An athletic company is holding a contest to sponsor the youngest climber ever to summit Everest, the highest mountain in the world. "The Contest" follows several young hopefuls as they compete for a place on the four person team.

Book one in an action-packed trilogy, "The Contest" is quick, decent read. My main complaint is that Korman uses several climbing terms and equipment pieces that he doesn't explain until the end of the book, if at all. For example, I knew what crampons were, but I don't think it's a common term.

The story isn't told from the viewpoint of any one character; and several of the characters are cliches: there's the young kid, the mean kid, the kid who doesn't want to be there, the adrenaline junky, etc. "The Contest" is still a good story, though, and I enjoy these types of stories because they introduce me to a new world or new activity that I was previously unfamiliar with.

The entire Everest trilogy is best for readers who are interested in mountain climbing, competition, or just learning about something new.

3/5.
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I have been trying to find books that my 10 year old son will read which is a chore in itself!! This book was a great buy and now I am considering buying the other books int he series! He enjoyed the book and actually went back and read the book again!! If my son reads a book once it is a good thing but when he wants to read it again and I don't have to bribe him to read then I know it must be a good book!!! I'm considering reading it myself to see why he likes it so much but I am not going to question it. Great book and I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to encourage their children to read!!! This one worked for me!!!
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This book is about adventure, facing adversity, and suspense. As the competitors are being narrowed down for the four spots the intense level rises. Dominic is a 14 year old kid, who is not only the youngest at the camp but who is also the smallest, and everybody at camp believes the team leader is keeping him just for people to watch the show. Once the team is picked the four people were not expected to make the team but they did. As everybody believes the Dominic should not have been picked for the team, the team leader was glad at the end because Dominic saves a life even the team leader couldn't have saved. Although the book has Everest on it I was disappointed that they did not climb Everest, but i am anxious to read the next book.
Written by Jack S.
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