When thirteen-year-old Mark Miller runs away from his home in north central Washington, he does it right: he carefully plans the details of his escape, packs exactly what he needs, and sends the police and his parents chasing him in the wrong direction. And he brings his dog, Beau, the friend he can always count on.Back home, his best friend Jessie wrestles with the news of his disappearance. His most trusted confidant through many difficult years, she thinks she may know where he has gone-but she doesn't know why. And then she finds out: the cancer that Mark has fought for years has returned, and this time there may be nothing the doctors can do. Mark just might be dying, and now she is sure that she knows what he intends to do. It has long been his secret dream to climb formidable Mt. Rainier, and she fears that he has set off to do just that, or die trying. Knowing what her best friend is facing, Jessie struggles with the meaning of "loyalty" and "friendship." Is it the duty of a friend to keep the secret and let him live out his final wish, or to tell his parents so that he can be rescued from a certain, lonely death on the distant mountain top?Mark takes trains, buses, walks, and even hitchhikes in his quest for the mountain. He survives getting mugged on the nighttime str(more...)
by Dan Gemeinhart
by Dan Gutman
by Dan Andreasen
by Dan Yaccarino
"Narrator Nick Podehl expresses the complex feelings of young protagonist Mark as he attempts to climb a mountain, his final wish before surrendering to a fatal illness. Each chapter of Mark's voyage is followed by a passage from his worried family and best friend, Jessie. Podehl switches smoothly from the frustrated voice of Mark to the concerned voices of his family and friend. The characters Mark meets along the way are each given a unique voice--from the annoyed gift shop cashier to the tired but well-meaning bus driver. This heartfelt story will take listeners on Mark's climb to the top as he begins to understand life and death. M.D. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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