Peak by Roland Smith

Genre: Sports Fiction

Age Level: 14 and up

# of Pages: 246 p.

RAC Book: Yes

Peak was named Peak due to his parents’ love of mountain climbing. They have long since separated and he almost never sees his father, who leads expeditions up Mt. Everest. Peak loves to climb, however, and gets the idea to climb skyscrapers in New York since there are no mountains. After several successful attempts he is caught and there is a media frenzy. He faces several charges and is looking at three years in jail when his father unexpectedly arrives and offers to take him away and pay a huge fine. The judge likes the idea of Peak being out of sight and agrees. Peak’s father has other intentions for him, however, and Peak soon learns that if he goes along with his father’s plan he will not only help his mountain climbing business, but have one of the most difficult and exhilarating times of his life.

This story has everything sports fiction fans love. It has drama, suspense, action, interesting details, and well-developed characters. Mountain climbing is not a subject often tackled by young adult writers, which makes this story that much more interesting. The details are specific and help anyone regardless of experience in this sport learn what it takes to climb high and difficult mountains. Peak’s motivations and desires also help the reader to understand why he feels he needs to climb all the time. Recommended for sports fiction readers, but all will enjoy.


15 Responses to “Peak by Roland Smith”

  1. 1 Nim September 30, 2008 at 9:04 pm


  2. 2 Basketball August 14, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I read Peak for my summer reading book. It was soo great! i highly recomend this book to everyone! IT IS AN AMAZING BOOK!

  3. 4 maymay March 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    this book is among the best ive ever read. i highly recomend it

  4. 6 dusty March 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    This book is a highly suspensful book showing suspence facks about everest and the hardships of secrets and what they cause on the mountain

  5. 7 dusty March 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    This book is a highly suspensful book showing suspence facts about everest and the hardships of secrets and what they cause on the mountain

  6. 8 Sasuke July 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Can someone tell me what city it was published in and what state?

  7. 9 bill August 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    does he make it to the top

  8. 10 Anonymous November 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Peak is a phenomal book, it is by far the best book that I have ever read.

  9. 11 Anonymous February 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

    It great.10/10 the theme is amazing. And the whole book is well written.

  10. 12 Hadleigh March 1, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I have read better, not a really good book, but that’s my opinion. If you want an awesome book read Scott Pilgrim. The only reason i read it is for a book report. The book has flaws but overall it is moderate.

  11. 13 Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 2:49 am

    by far the best book ever. unbelievable, i couldn’t put it down. AMAZING

  12. 14 Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    This is an amazing book, no doubt about it!

  13. 15 Anonymous November 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I did not like this book, kind of slow reading

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