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To the top of Everest
Skreslet, Laurie.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
56 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Ages 10 and up.
Reading Level:
930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 2.0 53361.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.3 5 Quiz: 25492 Guided reading level: S.
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GV199.44.E85 S57 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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On October 5, 1982, Laurie Skreslet became the 131st person to reach the peak of Mount Everest. His lifelong dream of scaling the world's tallest mountain had become a reality, but it was an achievement that came with a heavy price. Laurie and his expedition faced hidden crevasses, blinding snowstorms, horrible altitude sickness and deadly avalanches that claimed the lives of team members throughout the ascent. In this exciting true-life adventure, Laurie shares intimate details from the climb itself, including the terrifying moment when he almost plunged to an icy death. A true hero, Laurie proves that with a bit of courage, a little faith and a lot of teamwork, an ordinary person can accomplish extraordinary things.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-9. Lifelong climbing enthusiast Skreslet shares his 1982 trek up Everest when he became one of the first Canadians to make it to the top. Skreslet takes readers through every exciting, excruciating element of the climb. Beautiful color photographs abound. Still shots show Skreslet's climbing team, the Sherpa guides who accompanied them, and the equipment they used. The action shots of the climb itself are spectacular. In addition to relating the events that took place during his climb, Skreslet offers valuable information about Everest, about the effects of altitude on the body, and about natural life on the mountain. Intriguing sidebars answer relevant questions concerning avalanches and mountain climbing fatalities, as well as how climbers eat and go to the bathroom. Skreslet's amiable presentation will have great appeal both for readers and browsers, who will learn much within the context of a true-life adventure. A glossary is appended. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-In this stunningly illustrated volume, readers learn about how Skreslet worked hard and challenged himself to achieve his dream of climbing Mount Everest. He talks about his overprotective parents and his unyielding desire for adventure, leaving home at age 17 to join the merchant marines, and his love of mountain climbing. Although he states that he had "poor balance, was afraid of heights and was clumsy," he persevered to overcome those challenges. He shows the incredible dangers of mountain climbing, and children will enthusiastically cheer him on and applaud his success. Dozens of color photographs inform readers about the equipment involved and show pictures of people, animals, and mountains in Nepal. Blue information boxes are scattered throughout the volume to serve up tidbits about "Sherpas," "The Yeti," and "Going to the Bathroom" on a snowy mountain. This exhilarating book is a great addition to the popular literature about climbing Mount Everest.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.