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Publisher's Summary

Peak Marcello is a 14-year-old who loves to climb things. Unfortunately, living in New York City makes his hobby difficult. After a run-in with the law, Peak is presented with two options: endure Juvenile Detention or reconnect with his estranged father, who runs a climbing operation in Thailand. The choice is easy for Peak, but his father has an ulterior motive for their reunion: he wants his son to risk his life and become the youngest person to ever scale Mount Everest.

Roland Smith's novels for young adults have received wide acclaim, from publications such as Library Journal and Booklist, for their intense realism.

©2007 Roland Smith; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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Recommended By Daughter

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Worth the read

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

Would you try another book from Roland Smith and/or Ramon De Ocampo?

Yes

Any additional comments?

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.

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Well crafted story with great themes & characters.

If you could sum up Peak in three words, what would they be?

Important lessons.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Zopa is my favorite because of his wisdom.

Which scene was your favorite?

The summit of Mt. Everest.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Climb high, sleep low.

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Great book

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

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Good Moral

Enjoyed the story, cover family, friendship, and moral. only if the “gasp” can be real “gasp” rather then read aloud the word “gasp”

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excellent for reluctant readers

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.

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Mostly great book

Great performance great story. The only thing I did not like about the book was how Roland Smith made the female characters look.
The few females climbing Everest were described wearing garish clothing, and being incapable. The book never mentioned a female making it to the summit. In fact, the only woman or girl that was relevant during the climb was Holly. There were also only 3 woman beside Holly who said " Isn't Josh so cute, what do you think he would say if I snuck in his tent one night?".

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very good book, almost seems like a non fiction!

this story was very interesting and captivating, the plot was great and we were absorbed in it. clean language.

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I loved this book and if you like story's about Everest this one is great!