Look out for the crevasse!
I am always amazed at how great some new authors can make their very first book. I really loved the Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. Mark lives in Wenatchee, Washington. He is twelve, he has a great dog, Beau, and a best friend, Jesse. He likes to take photos and write haiku. He and his grandfather always planned to climb Mount Rainier. But his Grandfather died. Now Mark is sick, really sick. He knows what hospitals are like from before. His only chance to get to the mountain is to run away. Mark and Beau have only 263 miles to go. I recommend this exciting, sweet, sad adventure to readers in grades five on up.