Roland Smith's novels for young adults have received wide acclaim, from publications such as Library Journal and Booklist, for their intense realism.
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My teenage daughter has read Peak about 3 times and likes it so much, that she keeps wanting me to read it as well to get my opinion of it. After lots of persuading me to do so, I finally decided to give it a try. Although it is not up to the same level as her recommendation of Fault In Our Stars, it was still pretty decent, with good character development, a nice storyline, and strong narration. The story itself was quite heart warming, and I especially enjoyed the way the author chose to end Peak's journey. Not sure I would recommend this book to other adults, but for the younger audience, it is certainly worth listening to. It
My wife reads this with her six grade students each year to teach about Everest. I hear about this book every year when she's discussing it at the dinner table but always thought it would be only for kids. Not the case I learned a lot and really enjoyed the book it is an easy read but worth reading.
In regards to the recording- it would be nice if we could choose which chapters to read. I had a hard time finding where my kids were because each class was in different places and there are no markers.
Zopa is my favorite because of his wisdom.
The summit of Mt. Everest.
Climb high, sleep low.
I read this book it was a great book for a kid. If was about a kid in juvenile hall than his dad bailed him out. Peak will face big challenges to try to reach the top
Roland Smith's books have by far been the most intriguing to my students who would rather be running than reading. His settings and story lines, though somewhat fantastic, are yet believable and compelling. Peak is one of his best, and I hope Audible soon offers more of Roland Smith's work, such as Elephant Run and I.Q.
I certainly enjoyed the story, but I wish that someone had stopped the narrator from reading the word "gasp" instead of just gasping (which the climbers were doing while trying to have a conversation in the thin air of the mountain). Thankfully the author stopped including that word after a bit.
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this is a great series. I would recommend it. it reads fast and the characters are interesting. I like the surprise ending. I wondered if it might be but the author does a great job of keeping it a secret. you will like this series.
I liked how the story included great detail and was written in first person. This made it much more interesting and energetic. I also liked how the whole book was supposed to be Peak's (the main character's) story as a homework assignment. I recommend this book to people who enjoy adventure, but also a little social issues.
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