What is the book about?
Gripping adventures of a 14 year old boy, narrated by Peak, the protagonist. The readers get a glimpse of his climbing escapades as he scales New York’s skyscrapers to tag them with his “blue mountain” graffiti. Graffiti on skyscrapers seems thrilling, till he gets caught in the act and has to decide between jail time and traveling to the other end of the world to stay with his biological dad.
Of course, he picks staying away from jail time only to find out that his next adventure is to climb Mount Everest. If he succeeds, he could become the youngest climber to scale Mount Everest. He is assisted in this by another 14 year old, San-jo, who wants to achieve the same feat but with a different goal - so he can save his family from poverty using the money that would follow if he set the record.
Will Peak or San-jo reach the peak? Can these young climbers scale the treacherous mountain?
What is special about the writing style?
Peak is tasked with regularly recording his days in his Moleskine notebook by his teacher.
So, readers get to read Peak’s unedited records. They journey with him through the physical and emotional challenges as he transforms from a thrill seeking adventurer to a true mountain climber.
What else will I learn?
Lots of little known mountaineering facts.
Peak records towards the end of the book: “The only thing that you’ll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below.”
Peak won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award (Children's Category).