Everest, by Gordon Korman is a favorite with my students. Lots of action and suspense. Boys and girls love it. This unit has a vocabulary list, a test, the key, a character chart, and questions for each chapter with answers as well as a paragraph project and an essay project complete with outlines. . I teach it with the first book in the series: The Contest. Then, once they have completed the projects, they can read the other two books in the series for pleasure reading.