A son wishes to prove his courage and honor his deceased father ina climb to the top of a mountain, but his mom says no. What choice will he make?
Reading level -- grades 6-8.
In the Swiss Alps, Rudi's father died trying to climb the Citadel. Now, at 16, Rudi has a chance to climb it with Capt. John Winters on his quest to conquer the impossible peak. Should Rudi go against his mother's wishes to prove his courage and make his dream come true?
Good adventure story liked by both girls and boys.
Based on the true story of the first climbing of the Matterhorn.
It stands unconquered, the last great summit of the Alps. Only one man has ever dared to approach the top, and that man died in his pursuit. He was Josef Matt, Rudi Matt's father.
At sixteen, Rudi is determined to pay tribute to the man he never knew, and complete the quest that claimed his father's life. And so, taking his father's red shirt as a flag, he heads off to face the earth's most challenging peak. But before Rudi can reach the top, he must pass through the forbidden Fortress, the gaping chasm in the high reaches of teh Citadel where his father met his end. Rudi has followed Josef's footsteps as far as they will take him. Now he must search deep within himself to find the strength for the final ascent to the summit--to plant his banner in the sky.
Read this with the family as a read-aloud. Very good book! Descriptive, full characterization. In several places, was emotionally connected with the characters. Intense near the end, we couldn't put it down even though it was past the kids bed-time. (Tried not to say very descriptive, very emotional and very intense, but so wanted to!) Enjoy!