Banner in the Sky

Paperback | April 15, 1988

byJames Ramsey Ullman

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The Citadel

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.

His father died while trying to climb Switzerland's greatest mountain -- the Citadel -- and young Rudi knows he must make the assault himself.

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His father dies while trying to climb Switzerland's greatest mountain--the Citadel--and young Rudi knows he must make the assault himself. "Based upon the author's personal experiences, with details from the original ascent of the Matterhorn, the story has authenticity, atmosphere, and excitement".--Booklist. Newbery Honor Book; ALA No...

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The CitadelIt 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 f...

"Based upon the author's personal experiences, with details from the original ascent of the Matterhorn, the story has authenticity, atmosphere, and excitement." (Booklist)

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7 × 4.19 × 0.72 inPublished:April 15, 1988Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064470482

ISBN - 13:9780064470483

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Amazing and captivating story! Read it as a child, and recently bought it to read again. Very worth while!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tattered red shirt has never symbolized so much! Banner In The Sky is an amazing acount of a fictional mountain climbing expedition based in historical accounts of the conquer of the Matterhorn. The protagonist, 16-year-old Rudi Matt, is forced to wash dishes in a hotel instead of following his true dream; climbing the Citadel, the very mountain that had claimed his father's life fifteen years ago. The antagonist is, obviously, the Citadel herself, the last unconquered peak in the area. Although an overprotective mother and uncle also get in the way of Rudi's dream. When Rudi finally gets a chance to join the expedition up the mountain, he shows everyone that he is determined to complete the journey his father started. Rudi's journey is a journey of faith and stamena and also forgiveness and loyalty. These values are all summed up in the red shirt that Rudi carries with him to place at the peak of the Citadel; the very shirt his father wore the night he died before giving it up so that another man could live. This book is all about following your dreams, but also about the fact that one must work hard to achieve those dreams. James Ramsey Ullman combines history with an extraordinary account of the happenings in the small village of Kurtall in the Swiss Alps. For me the highlight of the book was a Rudi's nighttime encounter with the spirit of his father as he sits in the very spot that claimed his father's life. A chilling and magical scene.
Date published: 2009-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular! Wow, when I first picked up this book to read with my class...I was like, who is going to EVER enjoy this book? Boy was I wrong! I soon found out I loved reading and hearing all about mountain expeditions, and reading this book was a treat! With Rudi trying and trying to climb the Citadel, and everybody getting in his way, it just makes it more of an adventure. If you EVER see this book, BUY IT!!!!!!! I'm sure you'll just love it!
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His father dies while trying to climb Switzerland's greatest mountain--the Citadel--and young Rudi knows he must make the assault himself. "Based upon the author's personal experiences, with details from the original ascent of the Matterhorn, the story has authenticity, atmosphere, and excitement".--Booklist. Newbery Honor Book; ALA Notable Children's Book

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"Based upon the author's personal experiences, with details from the original ascent of the Matterhorn, the story has authenticity, atmosphere, and excitement." (Booklist)