Fact: When Zebulon Pike attempted to climb what is now known as Pikes Peak, he got stuck in waist-deep snow and had to turn back.
That's the last thing Dusty Porter learns in his Colorado history class before appendicitis ruins his life. It isn't long before social services figures out that Dusty's parents are more myth than reality, and he and his siblings are shipped off to live in Vermont with an uncle and aunt they've never met.
Dusty's new life is a struggle. His brother and sister don't seem to need him anymore, and he can't stand his aunt and uncle. At school, one hockey player develops a personal vendetta against him, while Emmitt, another hockey player, is making it hard for Dusty to keep pretending he's straight. Problem is, he's pretty sure Emmitt's not gay. Then, just when Dusty thinks things can't get any worse, his mother reappears, looking for a second chance to be a part of his life.
Somehow Zebulon Pike still got the mountain named after him, so Dusty's determined to persevere-but at what point in life do you keep climbing, and when do you give up and turn back?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book had me hooked from the beginning, which is sure to happen with young adult readers! This well-written novel has believable and interesting characters that are sure to interest readers. The author does a great job getting into the head of a high school boy. It is clear Parkhurst has lived in both Colorado Springs and Vermont, as her settings are very accurate. The historical aspect adds a fun twist and provides even more intrigue. I want to know more about Zeb Pike after reading this book.