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Monday, November 24, 2008

Peak...Review by the Boy

About the book:
After 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. He wants Peak 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. Peak is a novel readers won't be able to put down.

This review is from E, my avid 10-year old reader. He dictated it so, for the most part, these are his words.
This book is about a boy named Peak whose dad gives him an opportunity to summit Mount Everest with him. If Peak makes it to the top before his 15th birthday, he will become the youngest person ever to summit Everest.

Peak and his dad go to Everest together. His dad has climbed before and so he often goes ahead of Peak because he's used to the lack of oxygen. Peak and his friend Sun-Jo, the grandson of a sherpa, climb together. This book is very descriptive and talks about the views and how difficult it is to climb Everest and even about the sicknesses you can get.

This book is really entertaining. It holds your attention. I had a hard time putting it down, even when I was at school. Seriously. I sometimes snuck in some reading during math. I could not put it down.

In this book, there is a sentence that says, "For a climber, saying that you are stopping by Everest is like saying you are stopping by to see God." This sentence is kind of true, because this is the biggest mountain in the world and one of the most amazing things you can see.

You definitely should read this book! It's one of the best books I've ever read!

Thanks to the school book fair where we were able to purchase a copy!  You can purchase your own copy here.


  1. Fantastic review - it makes me want to read the book!

  2. It was all him. He dictated it to me. I love, love, love that my boys get excited over books!

  3. Great review, E! This sounds like an excellent book.

  4. It sounds good! My older sister is an avid climber, so I might just recommend this one to her.

  5. Holly, what a great review from your son! My son just turned 10 and I'm going to tell him about this book and have him read your son's post!!

    BTW, what happened to your post on the free blogging course? I saw it on my google reader but it's not up here? I was wondering what this course was like as I saw it posted on another blog.

  6. great review E
    lol about sneaking the reading in during math :)

    holly: very cool that your son enjoys reading and is reviewing :)


  7. One of the best books - wow! You have me wanting a copy now!!

  8. Some of the very best books can be dangerous E; I once walked into a wall because I couldn't get my nose out of a book! Hee

    Great review. I enjoy writing for an audience of your age, knowing 'Peak' is a top read, thanks to you, I shall certainly take the time to read it... and no walking into walls :)