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The Edge
ISBN: 9780544813540
Author: Smith, Roland
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
Published: October 2016
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Annotation: Fifteen-year-old Peak Marcello is invited to participate in an "International Peace Ascent" in the Hindu Kush, with a team made up of under-18-year-old climbers from around the world, but from the first something seems wrong, so when the group is attacked and most of the climbers are either killed or kidnapped, Peak finds himself caught up in a struggle to survive, shadowed by the Shen, a mysterious snow leopard. Simultaneous eBook. 35,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: bl2016042314
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 4.75" W
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, Geography, High School, Middle School, Mystery
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
Fifteen-year-old Peak (Peak) agrees to participate in a Peace Climb--climbers assigned to mountains around the world for a television special. But once he arrives in war-torn Afghanistan to tackle the Pamirs, most of the party is kidnapped. An exciting tale ensues as Peak tracks down the kidnappers. Present-tense journal entries interspersed with the past-tense main narrative create an interesting dual storyline.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #5)
Fifteen-year-old Peak Marcello, whose earlier adventure (Peak, rev. 5/07) saw him attempting Mount Everest, agrees to participate in a Peace Climb—two hundred climbers assigned to mountains all over the world for a Christmas television special. He's an accomplished climber, but from the moment he arrives in war-torn Afghanistan, prepared to tackle the Pamirs, things go poorly. As his Sherpa friend Zopa says, "Something violent is going to happen here." Sure enough, most of the climbing party, including Peak's mom, are kidnapped, and several climbers are killed; in true Roland Smith fashion, an exciting tale ensues as Peak tracks down the kidnappers. A cagey monk, rifle-toting murderers, treacherous cliffs, a mysterious snow leopard, bald eagles on the attack, and Josette (a pretty French girl with whom Peak is enamored) heighten the action. Italicized first-person present-tense journal entries (an assignment from Peak's English teacher) are sprinkled through the main narrative (also first person but in the past tense), creating an interesting dual storyline. This sequel easily stands by itself, though readers new to Peak's world are likely to be so enthralled by the mountain-climbing action that they will go back to the previous book to tackle Everest with Peak as well. dean schneide Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.
Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Eight years have passed since readers met Peak Marcello, the 15-year-old son of famous mountaineers, in Peak, about the Manhattan teen's quest to become the youngest person to scale Mount Everest. In this equally action-packed (but more violent) sequel, Peak has been home from Tibet for just a few months when he joins an even riskier expedition. A secretive billionaire is planning an "International Peace Ascent," involving hundreds of teens simultaneously climbing mountains around the world, with film crews on hand. Peak's group is sent to Afghanistan, and though the narrative is loaded with information about the mechanics of climbing, the specialized gear, and the nuances of the terrain, falling into a crevasse turns out to be the least of Peak's worries. When a fellow climber attracts dangerous, criminal attention, Peak and another climber must engineer a daring rescue mission, a harrowing escape, and, finally, the symbolic ascent that was the reason for their trip. Readers familiar with the first book and newcomers alike will enjoy this trek. Ages 12–up. Agent: Barbara Kouts, Barbara Kouts Agency. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 August)

Gr 6–10—Six months after a perilous attempt to summit Mount Everest in Peak (HMH, 2007), 15-year-old Peak Marcello and a film crew are off to climb the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan. Dubbed the Peace Climb, in which 200 international teens are climbing the world's various mountains simultaneously, the event offers Peak an opportunity to exercise his Spiderman-like skills on something other than the tall buildings in his native New York. Joined by his mother, Teri, an experienced climber who was known as The Fly in her day, and by Zopa, a respected Sherpa friend from Everest, Peak is more focused on the climb than on Afghanistan's outlaw factions, which pose more than a slight travel risk. When kidnappers kill the documentary director and two guides and take Teri, Zopa, and others in the middle of the night, Peak and ex-Marine climber Ethan set out to rescue them. A budding romantic interest in one of the teen hostages, French climber Josette, is one more reason Peak runs into the face of danger with no weapon, no means of communication, and temperature extremes that ensure an untimely death. All the while being tracked by a shen (snow leopard), the unlikely heroes pool their military and outdoor survival knowledge for a nail-biting rescue attempt that will have middle school and older reluctant readers turning pages. VERDICT Extreme sports meets ruthless killers in a survival-of-the-fittest chase.—Vicki Reutter, State University of New York at Cortland

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 July)

Gr 6–10—Six months after a perilous attempt to summit Mount Everest in Peak (HMH, 2007), 15-year-old Peak Marcello and a film crew are off to climb the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan. Dubbed the Peace Climb, in which 200 international teens are climbing the world's various mountains simultaneously, the event offers Peak an opportunity to exercise his Spiderman-like skills on something other than the tall buildings in his native New York. Joined by his mother, Teri, an experienced climber who was known as The Fly in her day, and by Zopa, a respected Sherpa friend from Everest, Peak is more focused on the climb than on Afghanistan's outlaw factions, which pose more than a slight travel risk. When kidnappers kill the documentary director and two guides and take Teri, Zopa, and others in the middle of the night, Peak and ex-Marine climber Ethan set out to rescue them. A budding romantic interest in one of the teen hostages, French climber Josette, is one more reason Peak runs into the face of danger with no weapon, no means of communication, and temperature extremes that ensure an untimely death. All the while being tracked by a shen (snow leopard), the unlikely heroes pool their military and outdoor survival knowledge for a nail-biting rescue attempt that will have middle school and older reluctant readers turning pages. VERDICT Extreme sports meets ruthless killers in a survival-of-the-fittest chase.—Vicki Reutter, State University of New York at Cortland

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