A few weeks ago, I did a book talk for LIS 6530 (Young Adult Literature), but ended swamped with other projects and happenings…and completely forgot to share the video. Humor me and take a few minutes to watch it.

Synopsis (from the book’s jacket): “When fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello’s long-lost father presents the opportunity for them to summit Everest together, Peak doesn’t even consider saying no – even though he suspects there are a 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 skyscrapers to (illegally) scale. Here, in Peak’s own words, is the exhilarating, gut-wrenching story of what happened on that climb to the top of the world – a climb that changed everything. Welcome to Mount Everest.”
Awards this book has received: ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, Booklist Editor’s Choice, National Outdoor Book Award, and the Junior Library Guild Selection.

Smith, R. (2007). Peak. New York, NY: Scholastic.
246 pp; $17.00 (hardcover); ISBN: 9780545032032; OCLC: 173666312