Peak, by Roland SmithFourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is a natural-born climber. After he is caught climbing the Woolworth Building in New York, he escapes a jail sentence by going to live with his famous mountaineer father. Peak soon learns that his father hopes that Peak will become the youngest person ever to climb Mt. Everest.
Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., c2007.
also on audio from Recorded Books
ages 12 and up
Smith includes plenty of mountaineering details (particularly creepy is his description of the frozen corpses that litter the mountain). But he also explores other issues, such as coming to terms with his father's selfishness.
The audio version was clear and compelling - a great book to listen to with kids ages 10 and up. Available at the Oakland Public Library, the Berkeley Public Library and Audible.com.
I'm excited to read Smith's recent novel, Elephant Run - set in Burma during World War II.