by Roland Smith

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ISBN-13: 9780152062682
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Series: A Peak Marcello Adventure Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 21,573
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Roland Smith is the author of 28 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 speaks to over 50,000 children and adults every year at schools and conferences all over the world. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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[set star] “A thrilling, multifaceted adventure story . . . A winner at every level.”—Booklist “A riveting read for reluctant and experienced readers alike.”—VOYA (5Q—highest rating)

Publishers Weekly

“Here’s the perfect antidote for a kid who thinks books are boring. . . . The nifty plotting, gripping story line and Peak’s assured delivery give those who join this expedition much to savor.” Publishers Weekly (starred)

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Peak 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 372 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peak by Ronald Smith is an action filled realistic fiction novel. I liked this book because it made me want to keep reading it from beginning to end because of all the adventure going on in the book at once.This story takes place in New York City and Asia. The major conflict in this book is that after being arrested for climbing a skyscraper, Peak has to live with his father in Thailand and is planning on climbing Mount Everest while he is there. Peak thinks he is going to bond with his father but his father actually wants Peak to be the youngest person to reach the peak of Everest for the fame and fortune. Another kid though is trying to also be the youngest to climb Everest. Him and Peak battle to get to the top and learn a lesson from it. The story is told by Peak in the first person. I liked how the author wrote this book because he didn't make things complicated to understand and it was simple to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a thrilling story. Anyone who reads this book will get an adventure out of it.
smp315 More than 1 year ago
My daughter was assigned this book in class (7th grade). It seemed interesting, so I gave it a shot. I couldn't put it down. It has adventure, wit and heart. I highly suggest it to any young teen...Moms and Dads should read it as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book. I love the way the author starts out with him climbing the side of a skyscraper.If you are the kind of person that likes an exciteing book that you will hav a hard time putting down, this is the book for you. this book is about an almost 15 year old bok that love climbing things. when he get caught climbing a skyscraper he has 2 choices,1 spend some time in prison and 2 go live with his father. he dosnt want to go to prison so he goes to live with his father. he espects to go to his house but his father has something different in mind for him. he takes Peak to mount everest. This book exceptally showed how much it takes to get to the top of everest.along the way to the top of everest peak finds another 14 year old on his way to the top. only 1 problem.....he is 1 week younger then him. like i said this book is outstanding if you get a chance to read it I would, it is a preaty short book that i read in 2 days. sorry Mrs.Britt it was 3 paragraphs but it got squished
Loganisalwaysright More than 1 year ago
When 14 year old Peak Marcello is presented with the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest with his long-lost father, he doesn't even hesitate to say no. You could say Peak got his passion for climbing from his father, who has been gone for more than 12 years of Peak's life, or you could say he picked it up on his own. Either way, if Peak reaches the top of Mt. Everest before his 15th birthday, he will be the youngest person ever to stand 29,000 feet. It's defiantly a step up from illegally climbing skyscrapers to get his climbing thrills. On his journey to the summit of Mt. Everest Peak faces many challenges, such as, altitude sickness, numbing temperatures, and even himself. Peak is an easy read with lots of plot twists that keep the reader entertained from page one until the end. Great Book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont have this on my nook but i have the real book i am at the time when peak gets to ABC camp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample includes 29 pages; the first four chapters. This is how the sample is on my Nook Simple Touch. I do not know how it is on any other device. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a wonderful book. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“A thrilling multifaceted adventure story… A winner at every level.”—Booklist. In this exciting novel, Roland Smith writes the fictional journal of a young 14 year old climber named Peak Marcello who is arrested for climbing tall buildings, and vandalizing property in the streets of New York City. His arrest is made public when another young man is found dead after climbing a tall building, just like Peak. In order to prevent further attention from the media, a judge decides to send Peak out of the country with his biological father, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After a long flight full of mixed emotions and excitement, his father offers Peak the most exhilarating challenge of his life; a chance to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. Though Peak is excited to break a world record and to face this exciting endeavor, he knows that his father has other motives for inviting him to scale Mount Everest. He is put through tough training in order to prepare him for the dangerous summit. Along the way, he meets new people and makes new friends, such as Sun-jo, a Nepalese boy who is also climbing the majestic mountain. As Peak Marcello climbs higher and higher he not only encounters the lack of oxygen as he rises higher and higher, yet he meets new obstacles that help him mature as a person and discovers who he really is. “Peak” by Roland Smith is a very detailed novel that leaves the reader with a hunger to keep reading. This novel is very elicit and will keep the reader’s attention from start to finish as it lures you into a world high above the ground amongst the sky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and it was amazing!!! It's not too wordy and it's easy to understand. It's a really good adventure story and story of survival, I suggest you read it even if you're in the fence if reading it. You won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend read it and thought it was so cool and interesting. It your looking 4 a great book with a winding path to the end ... it right here...PEAK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peak By Roland Smith Number of Stars: 5 Peak, the main character, loves to climb. He got that from his parents who have been climbing since before he was born. However, a horrible climbing accident stopped his mother from climbing and separated his parents. His dad is a mountain guide on Mt. Everest with his own successful business, so he¿s never around. Peak doesn¿t get to climb much living in New York, but a dangerous climbing stunt that almost lands him in jail, sends him away to live with his father in Tibet. Little to Peak¿s, or his mother¿s, knowledge, Peak was about to experience the climb of a lifetime. His dad set him up to be the youngest climber to get to the top of Mt. Everest. Peak is happy that his dad is finally taking part in his life, but is it just so he can get the youngest climber to the top of Everest and get the publicity? As the story goes along, Peak faces many different hardships, working hard to get to the top. However, a turn in events and a drastic change makes you wonder if he¿ll get the chance to summit at all? This story is jam-packed with dangerous and suspenseful stunts that leave you wanting more. I think teens will like the book Peak because it has drama and action that a lot of other books for teens don¿t have. The main character is a teenager himself, so we¿ll be able to relate to him and some of the things he¿s feeling, like being away from his mom, step dad, and two little half-sisters. Overall, Peak is a good book to read because it has just the right amount of drama, humor, and suspense to make a great book. Follow Peak¿s adventure up the tallest mountain in the world, as he learns valuable life lessons and makes long term friends.
LeiKik97 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
14-year-old Peak Marcello is a born climber. But living in New York city doesn't give him a whole lot of chances to climb. So he makes do with climbing the Woolworth Building, which is against the law. So to keep him out of jail, his mother makes a deal with his until-now-absent father, Josh. Josh agrees to take Peak with him to China where he runs a semi-succesful business taking people to the top of Mount Everest. And its not until Peak is half way across the world from his home that Josh decides to tell him his plans for making Peak the youngest climber ever to summit the highest mountain in the world. Before Peak embarks on his journey, however, his English teacher, Vincent, gives him two moleskin journals to fill with his adventures. And thats exactly what Peak does, telling us how his trip to the top of the world unfolds, and asking himself why he's actually doing this as he comes to suspect that his fathers plans are only for his own publicity and not for his love of Peak. Then he begins to ask himself whether or not he thinks he should be doing this and wondering if and when he should back out before its too late. Roland Smiths coming-of-age action-filled adventure novel, Peak, is filled with friendship, family, trust, sacrifice and the incredible amount of courage and willingness it takes to make it to the top of Mount Everest.
EuronerdLibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It starts off with an exciting and intriguing hook and ends with poignancy and growth. There's plenty of humor, excitement, and suspense. Well-crafted and enjoyable.
teresage on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Great story about climbing Mt. Everest.
mbackes10 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Loved It! I couldn't stop reading...
JiminyCricket1126 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
14-year old Peak Marcello (named due to his parents' long of mountain climbing) is in big trouble. When he is caught climbing the Woolworth Building in New York City, his mother makes a deal that will keep him out of jail. But the deal includes Peak leaving New York and his family to live in Thailand with his mountain climber father, Josh. What Peak and his mother do not know is that Josh is planning for Peak to become the youngest climber ever to summit Everest. As Peak becomes aware of his father¿s plan, he wonders whether his father truly loves him or whether he is using him for more publicity and fame for himself. Before Peak leaves to China, where his father runs a commercial climbing operation on the Tibetan side of Mt. Everest, Peak's English teacher, Vincent, gives him two notebooks to fill, which will complete his requirements for the school year. This allows Peak to tell his story in his own voice. ¿A good writer should draw the reader in by starting in the middle of the story with a hook,¿ Peak recalls. ¿I guess Vincent thinks readers are fish.¿ The hook here is irresistible¿Peak will try to become the youngest person ever to scale Everest¿overcoming Chinese bureaucrats, resentment of his father, rivalry with a Nepalese teen who has the same goal, avalanches, icy crevasses, howling winds, searing cold and many, many frozen corpses to reach the 29,028-foot summit. The nifty plotting, gripping story line and Peak's assured delivery give those who join this expedition much to savor.Roland Smith's Peak is an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family, and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk.
asomers on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The was a great adventure/survival story.
ctmsmaoc on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Peak is an excellent book.There is no other like it. It is about a 14 year old boy,Peak who is busted for illegaly climbing skyscrapers. Now he gets the chance to be the youngest person in the world to climb Mt.Everest. The book starts off very slow and I almost stopped reading it. I started to like it when Peak went to live with his dad. I had never really learned about climbing but judging by this book it sounds very dangerous. Peak and his friends face many problems in this book. They must avoid the people that cause these problems or they would get in a lot of trouble. One example is that Captain Shek wants to imprison Sunjo so they hide Sunjo and avoid Shek.There is no series that Peak belongs to but it was very interesting. If there was another book I would read it.The author of this book,Roland Smith, wrote an exceptional book. This book was actually written about an event in the author's life,I have to say he did it really well. I would recommend this book to anyone in search of a new one.
Joles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Young or Old. Male or Female. This book is exciting! Peak finds himself in trouble for climbing a skyscraper and to get out of going to jail he goes to live with his father. His father doesn't let on to the judge that he's going to climb Everest with his son to try and beat the record for youngest climber to reach the summit.A true coming-of-age story. In the end, Peak learns quite a lot about life and what's important. The message of the book is very clear.You will want to sign up for a trip to Everest after you're finished! I give this book my highest recommendation to all readers.
mrmcfluff on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Fun quick read, with a great point of view.
JiLa12 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Peak by Roland SmithThe book Peak is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is about a kid named Peak who is arrested for climbing a skyscraper and is sentenced to 3 years of probation. Instead of risking his freedom he went to live with his father in the country of Tibet. Peak wants to redeem himself by climbing the great Mount Everest. On his journey he meets many friends like Sun-jo and a Sherpa named Zopa. The story mostly takes place along a icy, frozen, massive Mount Everest and in the state of New York. I would recommend this book for anyone who is in Grades 5 and up. This is a great book and I hope you get a chance to read it soon.
mjspear on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Aptly-named "Peak" is a 14-year-old whose idea of fun is to climb skyscrapers in NY. He tries it one too many times and is caught by the NYPD; to lay low he is whisked away by his long-absent dad to Nepal where, he discovers, he will have a chance to be the youngest person ever to climb Mt. Everest. (The resulting publicity will help finance his dad's expeditions company). The book tells of his rigorous training and introduction to the local culture (altho' a bit light on the inevitable fear and culture shock Peak must experience.) The climbing sequences are, to this reader, a bit flat, as is the ending. Best is the transformation within Peak and his changing relationship with his natural father (nice but forever distracted) and his step-father (the real mainstay in his life). He befriends several sherpas (guides/packers), Buddhist monks (Zopa) and one young Buddhist (Sun-jo). This is no INTO THIN AIR but as a high-low reader it works. Nothing objectionable.
suzanneriches on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I loved this book! If you love adventure, travel and especially mountain climbing, this will be a great book for you. Peak is the son of two skilled climbers. He finds himself in trouble for climbing buildings in New York City. This sets him on an adventure with his biological father. He winds up in Tibet on Mount Everest. His character is tested as he becomes close friends with a Tibetan boy also a part of the expedition. I had a hard time putting this one down!
wchagin57 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
very good book. Very action pact and a good lesson with it too.
dragonslayer203 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
better than alot of books, tells an intresting story about a boy who took on the challenge of climbing mt. everest
Booklady123 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Peak by Roland SmithFrom the back of the book:For a climber, saying that you are stopping by Everest is like saying you are stopping by to see God.When fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello's long-lost father presents the opportunity for them to summit Everest together, Peak doesn'te ven consider saying no -- even though he suspects there are few strings attached. And if he makes it to the top before his birthday, he'll be the youngest person ever to stand above 29,000 feet. It's not a bad turn of events for a guy who's been stuck in New York City with only sky-scrapers to (illegally) scale.This is a great "guy" read, though I believe female readers will enjoy it as well.Peak was considered and rejected for the 2011-2012 Pikes Peak Battle of the Books List. Now that I've had a chance to read the book, I think it is a shame that it was not added to the list.What I liked about the book: The adventure. Smith has created a well plotted story with lots of spine tingling thrills. The story also contains messages about facing the consequences of your actions and making sacrifices for others. The messages are clear, but not presented in an overbearing manner. Young readers don't mind having a message in their reading, they just don't like to be hit over the head with it. I like that the story is told in Peak's voice. It helps pull the reader into the story.What I didn't like about this book: I liked it all, but to be honest - I started reading this book with the preconceived notion that I would not like it. A colleague had read the book and was insistent that it is not suitable for 5th graders. However, the book appears on several 5th grade reading lists. I usually try to read books with an open mind. I almost didn't read this book because my colleague was seemed so certain about it. There is one line in the book that she felt was too mature for fifth graders. Though I agree that that particular line does not add to the story, I also feel that I would have never noticed it if I hadn't been looking for it. I rather doubt the 5th graders noticed either.I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy adventure stories. It would be an excellent read for a guy's book club as well.