The book I chose for my independent reading project was Peak by Roland Smith. My favorite character in this book is Peak Marcello. Peak is my favorite character because he is smart, caring, and brave. I can’t believe that he climbed a skyscraper! I wish that I had the climbing skills that he has. It seems like Peak has been climbing his whole life, probably because his father, Josh Wood, is a professional climber and he taught him how to climb. Since Peak’s mother, Teri Marcello, fell of a 30 ft. wall when she was free-climbing and broke her back and shattered her hip, I agree with her that climbing is very dangerous.
I think the relationship between Peak and his father is interesting because Peak’s father hasn’t been around much in his life, but when Peak got in trouble he was there. I also think that the relationship is interesting because Peak doesn’t call his father “dad,” he calls him by his first name. Because Peak got in a lot of trouble and had to leave the U. S. and live with his father in Thailand, I felt sad when Peak’s two younger twin sisters started to cry because they knew that they wouldn’t be seeing their role model for a long time.
I think that Josh only let Peak live with him because he was 14, and if he reached the summit of Mt. Everest before his next birthday, he would be the youngest person to ever climb it. I want to know more about Zopa, the man who is helping Peak climb Mt. Everest. I know that he was a Sherpa, which are mountain people who live on the slopes of the Himalayas. He is also a Buddhist monk but has gotten permission to put aside his vows for a couple of weeks to help Peak.

I like the way that the author wrote the book because it is very easy to understand what is going on. If I were Peak right now I would be so confused because so much is happening in such a small amount of time, and I’d be scared because I am afraid of heights and I don’t know if I would want to climb Mt. Everest. I can’t believe that Peak is so calm during this time and isn’t freaking out like I would be. I predict in the future that Peak will have a closer relationship with his dad and will be the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest.

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