Peak: a novel

Peak: a novel tells the story of a boy that attempts to climb Mt. Everest. Written by Roland Smith, author of several other popular books, Peak is the name of a 14 year old boy, who like to climb. After being arrested for climbing skyscrapers in New York, he is sent to his father, who leads groups up the south side of Mt. Everest. When he arrives, he finds out that his father plans on getting him to the top, establishing him as the youngest climber to reach what some consider the top of the world. Peak narrates the story of his climb with another 14-year old, Sun-jo, and a couple of Sherpas, Yogi and Yash. Although his climb appears to be the focus of the book, it is really a giant metaphor, and Peak learns a lot about himself and other people during his climb. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but the book climaxes on a really touching scene near the top of the mountain. And as Peak himself says, “The only thing you’ll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below.”

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