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The Contest (Everest) [Paperback]

Gordon Korman
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1 Aug 2002 Everest (Book 1)
Who will be the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest? it'sthe ultimate test of endurance and skill. The mountain has claimed the lives of many adults. Now kids are going to compete to break the record. Some are not ready for what they will face. And some will stop at nothing to get to the top.

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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439401399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439401395
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 15 Jan 2010
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This book was purchased for my 12 yr old who's learning English. Finished it off in record time. A very enjoyable book exposes kids to real-life events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 3 April 2011
I think it was very good because it told us about a climber's life. The climber was 13. Reviewed by my son Robert (7y).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first book in a thrilling new trilogy by Gordon Korman. 25 July 2002
By Rebecca Herman - Published on
Dominic Alexis's older brother Chris is one of the best young mountain climbers out there. He's sure to get to compete for a spot in the youngest expedition to ever climb Everest. But Dominic is just thirteen, and while he's a decent climber, he'd never get picked. At a "boot camp," a group of kids, mostly expert climbers, but a few that won a contest sponsored by an energy drink company, will test their endurance to prove themselves worthy of climbing Everest. Dominic determines to win the contest -- and he does, meaning he can go with Chris. He never even dares hope he could get to climb Everest, but he at least wants a chance to learn, compete, and have fun. At camp in the Colorado mountains, the teenagers are given tests of endurance and skill to determine which four of them will be selected for the expedition. But will the winners be prepared for what is ahead? I highly recommend this new series to readers who enjoyed Gordon Korman's previous adventure trilogy, Island.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars full of misinformation and implausible situations 26 Sep 2011
By Nepal Writer - Published on
I applaud the author for writing about a subject I love.I used to lead treks to the Everest Base Camp and have long and wonderful relationships with Sherpas. I wrote about them in Beyond the Summit. Korman obviously did some research on the subject. I just wish he had done a better job. There are so many glaring errors in the book and implausible situations. In the opening, he refers to yaks being everywhere in Kathmandu at an elevation of about 4,500 feet. There are no yaks in Kathmandu. They rarely venture below about 11,00 feet.

The biggest problem is the age of the characters, especially the thirteen-year-old Dominic. Nepal has a very strict minimum age requirement for issuing permits to climb Everest, so strict in fact that they would not issue a permit for the son of a famous Sherpa climber this year. So the entire premise of these young teens climbing doesn't work from the beginning. The book was published in 2002. In 2010, a thirteen-year-old set the record as youngest to summit. He had to climb from the Northern side in Tibet because Tibet had no minimum age. After much adverse reaction from the climbing community, Tibet instituted a minimum age of eighteen. A character name Ethan is in the book as the youngest to climb Everest. In reality, no such person exists.

They fly to Lukla for two hours in a helicopter standing up and holding onto a strap. Wrong. It takes 35 minutes to get there. Small planes make the flight. I did fly into Lukla in a Russian helicopter in the early 90's. We did not stand. We sat along the sides with cargo down the center.

Dominic is the hero of the book, and here's where the whole story becomes outlandish. First of all, he's referred to as the shrimp, youngest and smallest of the group. After suffering from high altitude pulmonary edema and being forced to remain lower for days, he comes to base camp and goes into the icefall by himself, wearing only sweats, a light jacket, and thin gloves. The icefall is the most dangerous part of any Everest expedition. The adults in charge of the kids have no idea he's in there by himself? Dominic meets Sherpas carrying loads to higher camps. He decides to carry with them and goes all the way to the advanced base camp in those clothes, carrying heavy weight. He buddies up with the Sherpas and carries loads through the icefall with them numerous times? Where are the adults? And Sherpas would never allow this to happen. The risk is far too great.

Babu Sherpa,the most famous of all, is working with the teens. The author refers to him as lard ball and says he waddles. This is outlandish. Sherpas are lean and strong, especially one who works on Everest. Korman has the characters wanting to kick out all the Sherpas. This gross disrespect for a tribe that makes climbing Everest possible offends me greatly.

In one scene an avalanche tumbles down and buries half the advanced base camp. One of the teens sits in her small tent listening to music and doesn't even notice? Come on.

The final portion of the book about another team being at 27,000 feet on Lhotse is far fetched and implausible. Dominic's rescue would not happen. Wearing an oxygen mask in howling winds, he hears someone yell to him from half a mile away?

There are too many other pieces of misinformation to include here. I just wish Korman had done a better job of researching his subject.

However, young readers wanting excitement about a place far away and who who don't know the reality of a climb and the facts will most likely enjoy the story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Everest 1: The Contest 5 April 2010
By Leeanna Chetsko - Published on
Everest #1: The Contest, by Gordon Korman

An athletic company is holding a contest to sponsor the youngest climber ever to summit Everest, the highest mountain in the world. "The Contest" follows several young hopefuls as they compete for a place on the four person team.

Book one in an action-packed trilogy, "The Contest" is quick, decent read. My main complaint is that Korman uses several climbing terms and equipment pieces that he doesn't explain until the end of the book, if at all. For example, I knew what crampons were, but I don't think it's a common term.

The story isn't told from the viewpoint of any one character; and several of the characters are cliches: there's the young kid, the mean kid, the kid who doesn't want to be there, the adrenaline junky, etc. "The Contest" is still a good story, though, and I enjoy these types of stories because they introduce me to a new world or new activity that I was previously unfamiliar with.

The entire Everest trilogy is best for readers who are interested in mountain climbing, competition, or just learning about something new.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the bottom to the top 2 July 2007
By William S. Oetting - Published on
This is a children's series that doesn't try to talk down to kids. Instead, these books introduce new terms and techniques from the sport of climbing that even many adults have not come in contact with. This series does not try to make reading easy. It focuses more on the story and the adventure. I do have complaints about the series, like the fact that it is a series. The beginning of books two and three both have to recap what has occurred to that point in the story. Just make it one book so that you can have the flow of the story continue with out forcing the reader to reread. It also seems questionable that anytime the team of boys goes anywhere they are faced with a major problem. Yet, I understand that these were written for kids. Together this series cannot be as powerful as Harry Potter, but will help kids know the fun of reading. I can't wait to go climbing in the snow.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 30 Jan 2010
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Awesome book. My son loved it so much, I read it after him and loved it too! Cant wait to read number two!
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