To the Top of Everest

Laurie Skreslet, Elizabeth MacLeod

On October 5, 1982, Laurie Skreslet became the first Canadian 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.

978-1-55074-814-7 | Aug 1, 2003
List Price: USD $11.99, CAD $11.99
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 56 pages
Grades: 5 To 9 / Ages: 10 to 14

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Awards & Reviews

“Skreslet, with Elizabeth MacLeod, has penned a dramatic, easily accessible narrative, and kids aged 10 and over who are nuts for rock-climbing, adventure tales, and sports biographies will certainly find what they are looking for in this text.”
— Quill & Quire, July 2001
“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.”
— Booklist, September 2001
“This exhilarating book is a great addition to the popular literature about climbing Mount Everest.”
— School Library Journal, Starred Review, September 2001
2003 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2003 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2002 - Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2002 - Young Adults' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2002 - Children's Literature Choice List, Winner
- Red Cedar Book Award

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