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Peak

by Smith, Roland, 1951-

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Western Allegheny Community Library Middle Grade Audio Visual MG PLAYAWAY SMITH
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
 
Collection  Middle Grade Audio Visual
 
Call Number  MG PLAYAWAY SMITH
 
 
Summary
Peak
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Fourteen-year-old New Yorker Peak ("It could have been worse. My parents could have named me Glacier, or Abyss, or Crampon.") Marcello hones his climbing skills by scaling skyscrapers. After Peak is caught climbing the Woolworth Building, an angry judge gives him probation, with an understanding that Peak will leave New York and live with his famous mountaineer father in Thailand. Peak soon learns, however, that his father has other plans for him; he hopes that Peak will become the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. Peak is whisked off to Tibet and finds himself in the complex world of an Everest base camp, where large amounts of money are at stake and climbing operations offer people an often-deadly shot at the summit. This is a thrilling, multifaceted adventure story. Smith includes plenty of mountaineering facts told in vivid detail (particularly creepy is his description of the frozen corpses that litter the mountain). But he also explores other issues, such as the selfishness that nearly always accompanies the intensely single-minded. A winner at every level. For more mountaineering adventures, suggest Edward Meyers' Climb or Die (1994) and Michael Dahl's The Viking Claw (2001), both for a slightly younger audience. --Todd Morning Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Here's the perfect antidote for a kid who thinks books are boring. In his latest, Smith (Cryptid Hunters) introduces 14-year-old Peak Marcello (named by his mountaineering parents) as he's arrested for scaling Manhattan's Woolworth Building, in an attempt to graffiti his tag-a blue mountain peak-high on the side of it. Peak is headed for a long stint in juvie when his estranged father swoops into the courtroom with a solution that will get the media's newest darling-the papers have dubbed Peak "Spider Boy"-immediately and far out of sight. Before the trek to China, where Peak's father runs a commercial climbing operation on the Tibetan side of Mount Everest, Peak's English teacher, Vincent, gives him two notebooks to fill, which will complete his requirements for the school year. This conceit allows Peak to tell his story in his own wry voice and to share lots of Vincent's advice. "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. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mountaineering -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) -- Fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher [Solon, Ohio] : Prince Frederick, MD :Playaway Digital Audio ;2009
[Distributed exclusively by] Recorded Books, LLC :
[Manufactured by] Findaway World, LLC,
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Ocampo, Ramon de.
Recorded Books, LLC.
Playaway Digital Audio.
Findaway World, LLC.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Ramon de Ocampo.
Audience 12 years and up.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
"Playaway. Audiobooks. Pre-loaded and portable."--Container.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Previously released by Recorded Books, LLC, p2007.
In container (21 x 13 x 3 cm.) with earphones.
Description 1 audio media player (7 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781440752490
1440752494
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