Banner in the Sky

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The Citadel

It stands unconquered, the last great summit of the Alps. Only one man has ever dared to approach the top, and that man died in his pursuit. He was Josef Matt, Rudi Matt's father.

At sixteen, Rudi is determined to pay tribute to the man he never knew, and complete the quest that claimed his father's life. And so, taking his father's red shirt as a flag, he heads off to face the earth's most challenging peak. But before Rudi can ...

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Overview

The Citadel

It stands unconquered, the last great summit of the Alps. Only one man has ever dared to approach the top, and that man died in his pursuit. He was Josef Matt, Rudi Matt's father.

At sixteen, Rudi is determined to pay tribute to the man he never knew, and complete the quest that claimed his father's life. And so, taking his father's red shirt as a flag, he heads off to face the earth's most challenging peak. But before Rudi can reach the top, he must pass through the forbidden Fortress, the gaping chasm in the high reaches of teh Citadel where his father met his end. Rudi has followed Josef's footsteps as far as they will take him. Now he must search deep within himself to find the strength for the final ascent to the summit -- to plant his banner in the sky.

His father died while trying to climb Switzerland's greatest mountain -- the Citadel -- and young Rudi knows he must make the assault himself.

His father dies while trying to climb Switzerland's greatest mountain--the Citadel--and young Rudi knows he must make the assault himself. "Based upon the author's personal experiences, with details from the original ascent of the Matterhorn, the story has authenticity, atmosphere, and excitement."--Booklist. Newbery Honor Book; ALA Notable Children's Book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064470483
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 186,404
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    Banner in the Sky review

    I thought it was a pretty good book. I read it for a class and my teacher is asolutely in love with it but I don't think much of us felt the same. We liked it, but we would have rather read another! Well, hope some others will enjoy it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    Banner in the Sky Review

    A 16 year old named Rudi Matt decides to embark on a courageous adventure dealing with the climbing of The Citadel, which is a Swiss mountain. His reasoning for this decision has to do with his father's failed attempt and death by the great mountain. Rudi's mother does not want him to do this for his life will be at stake, but Rudi sneakily climbs the mountain through a few lies and the help of his uncle along with a few others. In the end, Rudi realizes the importance of what a true guide would do when put in certain situations. Therefore, he decides that helping a fellow climber is the correct thing to do rather then finish the mountain.
    Rudi is the main character of this novel. He is a courageous 16 year old boy. He feels like it is his duty to finish what his father has started which shows strong ambition. Rudi is also quite pushy. When he has his mind on something, he is going to do it. Another Character goes by the name Teo Zurbriggen and he works as a cook with Rudi in the kitchen of the Beau Site Hotel. Teo is quite old and crippled. The reasoning behind him being crippled is that he was injured when trying to climb The Citadel with Rudi's father. He is noticed as being a kind man who tries to defend Rudi. He often gazes to the mountain wishing that he could have finished it. Captain Winters also plays an important. He helps lead Rudi through a great portion of the mountain. With out Captain Winters, Rudi would have probably gotten lost early on. Captain Winters is found to be a level headed man. In the book Emil Saxo, another climber, becomes frustrated with the thought that Kurtal guides may be stealing the mountain. Captain Winters ends up calming him down a great deal.
    "You save my life," said Saxo. " You could have climbed to the top, but instead you save my life."
    This was an important passage in Banner in the Sky. Rudi decided to save Saxo's life rather then reach the top of The Citadel. " You could have climbed to the top, but instead you save my life." It shows that Rudi learned where his priorities should really lie.
    In James Ramsey Ullman's novel, Banner in the Sky, a great point is given. It deals with what is the right thing to do in a given situation. Rudi shows this when he decides to help Saxo even though it means he has to give something up. There aren't any serious errors in the book and the main unusually thing found is the fact that a 16 year old could do something of this great stature. The book relates to me in the way that there are many things that I want to do to make myself happy, but that doesn't always mean it is the right thing to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Banner in the Sky

    Rudi Matt, a sixteen year old, from Kurtal, a small town in Switzerland, is determined to climb the Citadel which has yet to have been conquered. His father Josef attempted to climb it fifteen years before and died trying to do it. Rudy wants to follow in his father's footsteps and achieve his father's dream. When Rudi was out climbing on the glacier one day, he met and saved Captain Jon Winter's life, a famous climber who is willing to accompany Rudi on his journey to the top of the Citadel. Against the will of his mother and Uncle Franz, Rudi sneaks out late one night to join Captain Winter and Emil Saxo who is from another rival town in Switzerland. His Uncle Franz later joins them in the climb and gives his nephew, Rudi permission to go with them. Together Rudi, his uncle Franz, Captain Winter, and Emil Saxo achieved the dream of his father, to be the first to conquer the Citadel.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    Not so great

    To me this book is boring. I do not want to red this again. Pick a different book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    best book ever

    This is the best book i heve ever read.I think every body should read this great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    This novel is amazing! I am currently reading this book in my sixth grade language arts class, and I would never have found it(I read Stephen King) if our class was not reading this book. Here is a brief summary for this novel. Rudi Matt has had an extremely unpleasant life. He looks nothing like the other boys of Kurtal. His pale complexion, slimness, lightness of muscle, and his short height lead everyone to believe that he is frail and pathetic. However, looks can be deceiving. While all the other boys are learning to be mountain guides Rudi is busy scrubbing the dishes of the Beau Site Hotel. On top of all that Rudi has never known his father. Mesmerized by the unclimbable mountain known the Citadel Rudi skips out on his job and wanders down the path to the mountain. While he was on a glacier Rudi suddenly hears a faint voice. He looks down a crevasse and turns out there is someone down there! A while later Rudi finds out that the man he rescued is no other than Captain John Winter, the famous climber! Captain Winter in interested the Citadel and starts asking Rudi for information about it. Back at his house Rudi is in trouble and was getting yelled when Captain Winter walks in and asks Rudi's uncle Franz if he is available for a climb tomorrow. Franz Lerner a mountain guide says yes as long as it is not that accursed mountain(the Citadel)Captain Winter says its not and asks if Rudi would be allowed to come as well. After a huge argument Rudi is actually allowed to go, as long as he doesn't do anything that is stupid. Unfortunately Rudi becomes trapped and in doing so risks the lives of Captain Winter and his uncle. Rudi who is now being tormented even by the other boys, is in a numb state of mind. Old Teo Rudi's boss offers to teach him how to climb properly. Afterwards Rudi starts to head toward the Citadel as Captain Winter would be climbing it. Captain Winter decides to let Rudi come with him and another guide known as Emil Saxo. Then there is an avalanche and Rudi is sent down to Kurtal to see if his uncle would come. About halfway to Kurtal Rudi for some odd reason, turns around back to the Citadel even though he only has his father's red shirt with him. Having climbed to the top of a huge wall called the Fortress Rudi starts to head back only to be met with a blinding snowstorm! Finding shelter in a small cave Rudi realizes that this is the cave where his father froze to death while helping another man. Now horrified he sees the specter of his long dead father and although scared Rudi realizes his father died proud and unafraid while giving the red shirt on his back to another whose need was greater. At dawn Rudi starts to climb down the Citadel and keeps falling, thinking he won't make it. Coming to his senses Rudi realizes that as his fathers son he would make it. Waiting for him back at the hut Franz, and Captain Winter started pestering the worn-out boy with questions,and Rudi beams and says he has found the 'Key' to the mountain. Franz, who was about ready to carry Rudi back down to Kurtal, until Old Teo says it is Rudi's birthright to climb the impossible mountain, and that he is the only one in Kurtal who deserves to wear the badge of an Alpine guide(I agree!) Franz finally gives in and says that he himself came to Kurtal to climb the Citadel. The four set out to climb the Citadel the very next day. They reached this narrow point and Rudi is the only who is able to ascend it. Captain Winter becomes horribly ill and they were forced to stay there the night. Rudi wakes up to find that Emil Saxo is gone! He must of wanted the Citadel for himself that selfish guide! Rudi catches up with Saxo and he slips and falls. Rudi is faced with two choices: to either leave Saxo behind and ascend to the summit, or to help Saxo descend the mountain. Rudi(who I really admire for this!) decides to help Saxo descend the mountain as a true guide never leaves anyone behind, not even a bitter enemy. Rudi and his fellow climbers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    one of the worst bokks i've read

    well this had to be the best book if you like pointless boring plots that have to do with nothing, i'm sorry but this was the most pathetic book i've ever read in my life, dragging on and on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    First 'BIG' book I read in my life.

    I am a 23 year old from Iowa. Back in 1993-94, when I was in 3rd grade, my teacher had me and my classmates do a book report of any book out of our school library. I chose this one because I wanted to look cool with this 'BIG' book and because the front cover kind of interested me. I remember not being able to put this book down. I took it with me every where, took it to lunch, out to recess, home, bed....EVERYWHERE. Of course I was only a 3rd grader and my memory wasn't outstanding so I had to keep going back and getting certain names of places and characters. Since I was reading this 'BIG' book my teacher allowed me to have my book report handed in later as long as I promised that I would finish the book. I told her that I would absolutely finish and that I would hand in a 'GREAT book report'. My report on the book was fantastic and about a month late, but I got an A+!! This book has been in my head for all these years and I want to buy it and read it again. This is absolutely the best book I have ever read and I will definitly purchase it here soon, read it, and pass it on to my kids when I have some. Oh and by the way, I liked it so much back in 3rd grade that I even tried to not return it to the school library and keep it, but they knew I had it and made me give it back at the end of the school year. Those big meanies!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    banner in the sky

    well it starts out at as...Rudy's father climbed the mountain and his father did not make it he died as he was climbing the mountain.and rudy also wanted to climb the moutain and he climbed it a couple time. His uncle was also there with him.But after the 5th time he did not make it there was a glacier.And he got cought in it and was not able to make it.him and his uncle were on the mountain and they had only a little food such as bread and and drinks.Then his mother had not herd from him and he did not make it up to the mountain.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    I wish I could have read something else...

    I thought the book was okay. It wasn't that great. I liked that Rudi wasn't scared to climb the mountain, eventhough his dad died. I also liked when Captain Winters made it to the top and put the stick and the shirt on top. I didn't really like it because no one really got hurt, no really tradegies. See I love some kind of tradegies, like in Harry Potter when Harry's parents die, Sirius dies, and Dumbledore dies. I also don't like it because it was kind of an older setting and in a different country. I don't like books that take place in a time about twenty or thirty years ago. I like the book to happen in the United States and maybe Canada. I would recommend this to someone who likes adventures, and books where you kinda knows whats is going to happen next. But, overall the book was good. It wasn't terriable and it wasn't great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    Banner in the Sky

    The book was a true masterpeice. It had a outstanding ending. i think it needed more action during the climbing. It got kind of boring when they were climbing. Thge people needed more dedail to them. And just because it has cuss doesnt mean it isnt a kiddy book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    Banner in the Sky

    The book was a true masterpeice. It had a outstanding ending. i think it needed more action during the climbing. It got kind of boring when they were climbing. Thge people needed more dedail to them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    the book was pretty good

    The book is about a kid who dreamed of climbing a mountain. he went on the low part and found this fat english dude and took off his clothes and put them on his climbing stick and got him out of the hole. The english guy gave him food and got him an ax and new climbing boots. Then he went back home and his family got mad at him so heis uncle took his climbing stuff. He took them back and climed the mountain. his family worried and sent a rescue party. They went ip the moutain and he was there and he found the way up the mountain. so they climbed up with him and they wento the top and when they came down I would recomend this book to alot of people especially those who like adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    Banner in the Sky is 'Highly Recommended'

    Banner in the sky has a pretty story line. I am in eighth grade and read it in my reading class. I enjoyed reading this book because it has a lot of action scences and has great discription. I would recommend this to kids about my age and maybe a little younger. It wasn't my favorite book though because it was too normal for me. If you don't like simple stories this book is not for you. Happy Reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    banner in the sky-a great novel

    i thought this book was very good. it has a great story line. it is also very suspensfull for most of the parts.i would recommend this book for people who enjoy action novels.i think the books characters fitted the story line very well. there were something that i didnt like about this book though. it was pretty boring on some parts when they were'nt climbing any mountains. even though this book could've had more suspense i thought it was very thorough and had a lot of action, i highly reccomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    banner in the sky

    it started off as rudy wanting to be a mountain climber. he went up in the mountain without his parents permission to see his fathers grave. while he was up there he saveed this man who was stuck in the ice. his name was capain winters. Then winter told his mom and uncle how Rudy saved his life. another busy day in the shop Rudy went up the mountain without parents permission and a avolanche happened and Rudy went for climbing training. Then him winter saxo and franz climbed up the mountain. they teneted out and everything when they were tired just like some real climbers do. then Rudi never makes it to the top of the mountain just like his father. they come back down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2006

    An outstanding book

    I loved this book, it was well deatailed and was very good writen.It was really sad at parts.The book is about a boy Rudi Matt that wants to climb the moutain citadel but his mother does not let him beacuse his father died on that mountain but Rudi does not listen to his mother.A wonderful book! Pleasure reading it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    Awesome Read!

    Banner in the Sky is about a boy, Rudi Matt who wants to fullfill his ultimate destiny of climbing the Citadel and to plant his Banner in the Sky. I really enjoyed this book! It's an awesome story to read before going to sleep. I think almost everyone can realate to Rudi Matt. I totally recommend this book but I don't think you'll enjoy it that much if you are not interested in climbing. But hey, I know absoulutely nothing about climbing but I still loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Pretty Good

    This book is a good time filler. it take a while to get really going. The ending wasn't what i expected. I read this with a group of other people. I think that i was the only one who got the true message, how you have to do to put your pain at peace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    BAnNer

    I thought this book would be more exciting and for an age group of 12-up but anyone could have read and not have aprob with it so over all i give this book 3 stars If you like adventures this is your book

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