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  Smith, Roland

Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Number of Pages: 246
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Junior High Fiction

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I have just finished reading Peak, and can't wait to tell you about it! This is one of the best adventure books I have ever read, and so realistic that I feel as though I have been part of the adventure myself. Fourteen-year-old Peak (yes, that's his real name!) is the son of two mountain climbers, and has inherited their love of mountaineering. His parents are divorced and his mom doesn't climb any more, but his dad is a famous climber who spends his life guiding expeditions to the top of the world. Peak, however, lives in New York City, where mountains are in short supply. In frustration, he starts climbing buildings! This is, of course, illegal. When Peak is arrested after a particularly gutsy attempt to climb to the top of the Woolworth Building, it's his dad who comes to the rescue. Together they travel to Nepal-- to climb Mount Everest. If you want to learn all about what it really is like to climb the highest mountain in the world, and enjoy a non-stop adventure, pick up Peak. You won't be able to put it down!

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Reviewed by: Mary Michell on 2/7/2008

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