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By Roland Smith

After top Marcello is arrested for scaling a brand new York urban skyscraper, he’s left with offerings: wither away in Juvenile Detention or to move dwell along with his long-lost father, who runs a mountain climbing company in Thailand. yet height quick learns that his father’s renewed curiosity in him has strings attached. Big strings. He wants height to be the youngest individual to arrive the Everest summit—and his factors are egocentric at most sensible. having said that, for a hiking addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the problem of an entire life. But it’s additionally person who may well price him his life.        

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Here's how HAPE works: Your lungs fill with fluid, you can't breathe, you go into a coma, then you die. The only way to treat HAPE is to get to a lower altitude where there's more oxygen (or "Os," as climbers call it). It doesn't matter what kind of physical condition you're in. If you climb up faster than your body can adjust, you'll get HAPE and your climb is over—maybe forever. The only chance you have of reaching the top of Everest (or any 8,000-meter peak) is to "climb high, sleep low" until your body is ready to make the push to the summit.

That's a whole. " "That's right," Patrice said. ) "We always wondered why your last name was different from our last name," Paula said. "I thought it was because we were twins and you weren't. " When Mom and Rolf got married I kept Mom's maiden name, Marcello. Rolf offered to adopt me legally, but I passed. I liked my last name and didn't want to change it. And I didn't like Rolf all that much. (There was nothing the matter with him, really. It's just that he wasn't my real father. ) "You're going to Thailand," Patrice said.

Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)—Fiction. 3. Survival—Fiction. 4. Title. S65766Pe 2007 [Fic]—dc22 2006024325 ISBN 978-0-15-202417-8 ISBN 978-0-15-206268-2 pb Text set in Plantin Designed by April Ward H G F E D C B A Printed in the United States of America This is a work of fiction. All the names, characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this book are products of the author's imagination. Any resemblance to any organization, event, or actual person, living or dead, is unintentional. This book is for Marie, for giving me all the things that matter MOLES KINE #1 THE ASSIGNMENT MY NAME IS PEAK.

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