April 2020, Charlesbridge, TBD pp
Into Thin Air meets The Sun is Also a Star in this tale of two teens who trained their whole lives to summit Mount Everest. High school seniors and best friends Rose and Tate have always climbed together, and it’s finally time for the grand prize, Everest. But amid the stunning vistas and high peaks of the Himalayas they find their relationship changing, and they must discover what they owe each other, themselves, and the mountain they pledged to climb. The drama of high-stakes climbing and the emotions of first love intersect in this gripping dual point-of-view novel, which touches on issues from family dynamics to PTSD, the ethics of tourism to our changing climate. Rose and Tate confront their feelings about each other, the life and death risks on the mountain, and the question of who—or what—they value above all else.