Peak by Roland Smith and Everest (trilogy) by Gordan Korman

How can you go wrong reading about something called the Death Zone? I am a sucker for anything about climbing Everest. It is absolutely fascinating what people are willing to go through for this. People cough until they break ribs, have to stop every minute to breathe and face avalanches. Both of these books talk a lot about the current ethical problems with people paying to climb Everest and what that has meant to the mountain. The environmental issues are discussed as well. Plus, it is just amazing adventure!! If you are OK with some adult language, move on to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. It is the true story of the deadly 1996 expedition, where 12 climbers died-8 of them in one storm.