To the Top of Everest

To the Top of Everest

by Laurie Skreslet, Elizabeth MacLeod
     
 

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On October 5, 1982, Laurie Skreslet became the first Canadian to reach the peak of Mount Everest. His lifelong dream of scaling the world's tallest mountain had become a reality, but it was an achievement that came with a heavy price. Laurie and his expedition faced hidden crevasses, blinding snowstorms, horrible altitude sickness and deadly avalanches that claimed…  See more details below

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On October 5, 1982, Laurie Skreslet became the first Canadian to reach the peak of Mount Everest. His lifelong dream of scaling the world's tallest mountain had become a reality, but it was an achievement that came with a heavy price. Laurie and his expedition faced hidden crevasses, blinding snowstorms, horrible altitude sickness and deadly avalanches that claimed the lives of team members throughout the ascent. In this exciting true-life adventure, Laurie shares intimate details from the climb itself, including the terrifying moment when he almost plunged to an icy death. A true hero, Laurie proves that with a bit of courage, a little faith and a lot of teamwork, an ordinary person can accomplish extraordinary things.

Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
Skreslet, with Elizabeth MacLeod, has penned a dramatic, easily accessible narrative, and kids aged 10 and over who are nuts for rock-climbing, adventure tales, and sports biographies will certainly find what they are looking for in this text.
Booklist
Skreslet’s amiable presentation will have great appeal both for readers and browsers, who will learn much within the context of a true-life adventure.
From the Publisher
Skreslet, with Elizabeth MacLeod, has penned a dramatic, easily accessible narrative, and kids aged 10 and over who are nuts for rock-climbing, adventure tales, and sports biographies will certainly find what they are looking for in this text.

Skreslet’s amiable presentation will have great appeal both for readers and browsers, who will learn much within the context of a true-life adventure.

This exhilarating book is a great addition to the popular literature about climbing Mount Everest.

Join Everest climber Laurie Skreslet and his team as they encounter near-death experiences in order to triumph over the world's most notorious mountain. The book's background information prepares the reader to appreciate more fully the team's climb and return. Full-color photographs illustrate this unique venture into another world. 2001, Kids Can Press, $16.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: M. Thomas SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
In this compelling tale of courage and danger, Skreslet relates the triumphs and the tragedy of becoming the first Canadian to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Of the 21 Canadians and 30 Sherpas who began the trek, only six people actually reached the top. Four people died along the way and a third of the group gave up and returned home when bad weather set in. Skreslet keeps his young audience in mind as he discusses his mountain climbing training and his determination to always do better than his best. His spectacular photographs, some as two-page spreads, provide a sense of the magnificent grandeur of the peaks. Other photos reveal significant aspects of the journey, such as the extreme cold, the raging winds and the resolve of the climbers. The difficulty of breathing, the nausea, the loss of appetite and the disorientation of surviving in high altitudes are effectively described. The exhilaration of reaching his goal is tempered with his need to descend the mountain safely as he passes bodies and monuments to those who did not survive. He credits his early experiences with Outward Bound and its motto, "to serve, to strive and not to yield," as his guiding focus for the adventure. A glossary and web site for Skreslet appear at the end of the book. 2001, Kids Can Press, $16.95. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer:Phyllis Kennemer
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In this stunningly illustrated volume, readers learn about how Skreslet worked hard and challenged himself to achieve his dream of climbing Mount Everest. He talks about his overprotective parents and his unyielding desire for adventure, leaving home at age 17 to join the merchant marines, and his love of mountain climbing. Although he states that he had "poor balance, was afraid of heights and was clumsy," he persevered to overcome those challenges. He shows the incredible dangers of mountain climbing, and children will enthusiastically cheer him on and applaud his success. Dozens of color photographs inform readers about the equipment involved and show pictures of people, animals, and mountains in Nepal. Blue information boxes are scattered throughout the volume to serve up tidbits about "Sherpas," "The Yeti," and "Going to the Bathroom" on a snowy mountain. This exhilarating book is a great addition to the popular literature about climbing Mount Everest.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550748147
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
58
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

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