Peak (A Peak Marcello Adventure) (Paperback)

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"This exhilarating, high-altitude adventure follows fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello on the mountaineering adventure of a lifetime – a chance to become the youngest climber ever to summit the most famous mountain in the world. Of course summiting Everest isn’t exactly an easy walk in the park, and he isn’t the only teen trying to do it."

— Meghan

"This book reads like a real-life adventure story! Fourteen-year-old Peak has the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest with his long-lost father. What sounds like an amazing experience comes with agonizing risks. Fast-paced and exhilarating!"

— Kathleen


The only thing you’ll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below. – Peak Marcello

After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father's renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit--and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it's also one that could cost him his life.

Roland Smith has created an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family, and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk. The story of Peak’s dangerous ascent—told in his own words—is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down.

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Roland Smith is the author of twenty-eight young adult novels including Peak, The Edge, Beneath, Above, Sasquatch, Elephant Run, Zach’s Lie,Shatterproof (39 Clues), the Cryptid Hunters series, the I,Q series, and the Storm Runner series. His novels have garnered dozens of state and national book awards. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Praise For…

[set star] “A thrilling, multifaceted adventure story . . . A winner at every level.”—Booklist (starred)
“A riveting read for reluctant and experienced readers alike.”—VOYA (5Q—highest rating)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780152062682
ISBN-10: 0152062688
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 1st, 2008
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: A Peak Marcello Adventure