Peak

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Let's Climb!!!!!
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This was my first Roland Smith novel and I was worried that it would be light on detail and excitement. The opposite proved true.
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Fast pace plot, easy to read but not bogged down in too much detail. Great character development and a story with a moral.
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Smith Climbs to the Top with "Peak"
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Reader reviewed by Mari

Peak Marcellos future looks bleak when the 14-year-old is arrested for climbing New York City skyscrapers. The judge is ready to make an example of him by sentencing him to Juvenile Detention. Out of the blue, Peaks estranged father, renowned mountain climber Joshua Wood, offers to take his son to live with him in Thailand, where he owns a climbing company. But before the pair arrives in Thailand, they have one stop to make - Mt. Everest. Excited by the opportunity to climb, Peak is also painfully aware that his father has ulterior motives for taking him in.


 

I was not familiar with Roland Smiths work before reading Peak. I realized quickly that I had overlooked a fantastic author! The story was intelligent, engaging, suspenseful, and well researched. The characters were multi-dimensional and real. Smith did such a tremendous job of describing the setting and the challenges Peak faced in his attempt to summit Everest that when I finished the novel, I almost felt as if I had been there to witness Peaks struggles.
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Amazing, gripping story
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Reader reviewed by Kyra

Peak is a 14 year old, living in New York. He loves climbing anything, which isn't surprising, considering that both of his parents were  once famous mountain climbers. Now, they are divorced, and Peak's mother has settled down with a man named Rolf. Peak lives with them and his two twin step-sisters (although he thinks of them more like regular sisters). His father currently still climbs mountains, and never responds to the many letters Peak writes him. Peak determines that his father wants nothing to do with him, so he just stops trying to contact him. But one day, everything changes.
Peak's hobby is climbing skyscrapers. Sure, its illigal, but its such a rush! Peak is climbing his (7th I think) skyscraper, and is close to the top, he draws two mountains and spray paints them blue. Suddenly, police cars and helicopters come. When Peak gets to the top, they arrest him.
It is a huge case across America. They find out that Peak has climbed a ton of skyscrapers all over the city. While they sort this out, Peak sits in Juvi. His face is on the front page almost every day, as they find out who his parents are: He is Joshua Woods, the famous mountain climbers, son. As headline after headline are still about him, Peak just stops reading. Then, one day, there is shocking news: a boy who idoled Peak, just went on his very first climb up the skyscraper that Peak had. After he got up 75 feet, he fell to his death. Peak is then taken to a judge, and his lawyer convinces the judge that just a fine and probation out of the state will be enough. If Peak goes out of the public eye, this wont happen again (they determine it the media's fault that the boy died, and not Peak's fault) Peak is very confused until he sees his real father, Joshua Wood, standing say that he will take Peak in with him, in Thailand.
Well, after that, Peak find out that his father intends for him to climb the greatest mountain in the world, Everest. If he does it quickly, he could be the youngest person ever tor each the peak. Now I don't think I should go any farther, but let me just say, not too soon afterwards, a boy who is six days older than Peak, Sun-jo, is going to be tagging along.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was very gripping, beginning to end. The story line was very unique, and the sacrifce that Peak makes you realize how he matured. But, another lesson he learned can be summarized at the end: The only thing you'll find on Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that matter lie far below. 
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A Good Book for Mature Readers
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Reader reviewed by Mason

This book is about a boy named Peak. After getting arrested for climbing skyscrapers in New York City, Peak is sent to live with his dad. Peak's dad runs a business in Tibet where he helps people get to the summit of Mount Everest. Peak gets an offer to climb Mount Everest with his dad. If he makes it to the top before he is fifteen, he will be the youngest person to summit Everest.

I enjoyed reading about Peak's experiences as he attempted to climb Everest. I also liked how the book was a journal that he wrote explaining his experiences. This book reminds me of My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George because they are both about teenagers who must survive the harsh elements of a mountain. Both books are also written as the main character's journal. I would recommend this book to anyone in middle school who likes books about the great outdoors and nature.
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Great action/adventure story
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Reader reviewed by Mrs. C

Peak is a great exploration of an adolescent boy's discovery of what he considers important in his life. The main character, Peak, is sent to spend some time with his dad, a mountain climber, in Nepal. While there, he is given the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the youngest climber ever to summit Everest. The journey to the top of the world, as it turns out, is the ultimate journey within.

The novel additionally includes an interesting peek into Nepalese culture, as well as the lifestyle of a professional mountain climber. A theme of "all is not what it seems" runs throughout, as well as the virtue of forgiveness.

Great high-interest book for male reluctant readers.
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great book
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Reader reviewed by tennisplayer

I read Peak in just a few days. The author made some really down to earth characters and I started feeling like I knew Peak and Sun-jo.I think the Author Roland Smith did an awsome job and I really recomend reading it. It has a great exciting begining, middle, and end and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Keep up the good work!
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climbing skyscrapers to climing Everest
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Reader reviewed by gabby

Peak Marcello's goal right now is to climb skyscrapers-soon it will be to climb Mount Everest. He must survive through harsh weather(not to mention seeing those who didn't survive), freezing termperatures, and difficulties that make skyscraper climbing seem ridiculous. Not to mention conflicting friendships, a mysterious old sherpa named Zopa, chinese soldiers, and his real father, Josh. I think the story is great, and the ending is satisfying.
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