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  • The BMC and Vertebrate Publishing team up to send free books to school libraries

    The British Mountaineering Council has donated £500 to an initiative organised by independent publisher Vertebrate to send free copies of Lily Dyu’s Fantastic Female Adventurers: Truly amazing tales of women exploring the worldto schools.

    The funding will enable Vertebrate to send a free copy of the book to a school each time the book is purchased through the Shrine Bell (Vertebrate’s children’s book imprint) and Vertebrate Publishing websites. Those purchasing the book through these sites will be able to nominate the school they'd like a free copy to be sent to.

    Alex Messenger, Head of Marketing and Communications at The BMC, said, ‘Fantastic Female Adventures is an inspiring book, perfect for young climbers to read and encourage them in their own adventures. The BMC is delighted to be supporting this initiative by Vertebrate Publishing to provide free books to school libraries.’

    Featuring fourteen stories of women exploring the globe, including round-the-world cyclist Jin Jeong, ocean swimmer Beth French, mountain runner Mira Rai, Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman, and many more, the book was commissioned to inspire more young people, and adults, to have adventures in the outdoors at a time when the call for more books by and about people, particularly women, from different backgrounds has never been stronger.

    A proportion of the author’s royalties will be gifted to a number of charities chosen by the adventurers, including Girl Guiding, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, The Spinal Injuries Association and Surfers Against Sewage.

    Fantastic Female Adventurers was published on 3 October. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2J9B9XU

     

     

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  • Fantastic Female Adventurers and the International Day of the Girl

    We're celebrating The International Day of the Girl with a look in to the exciting pages of our new release, Fantastic Female Adventures.

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  • Matt Dickinson Takes Pupils to Mount Everest and Back

    Matt Dickinson, author of Popcorn-Eating Squirrels and The Everest Files, has recently been in China and spent a whole week at Wellington College in Shanghai leading discussions, presentations and workshops on the theme of Mount Everest to the children studying there.

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  • Schools have been in touch to say they'd love a copy of Fantastic Female Adventurers but don't have a budget, can you help?

    With the publication of Fantastic Female Adventurers we want to encourage as many boys, girls (and adults!) as possible to enjoy the benefits of having adventures in the outdoors.

    If you'd love to help us, here's how:
    You can nominate a school of your choosing to a receive a free library copy of Fantastic Female Adventurers when you purchase a copy of the book through our website. Just send us a message via PayPal stating the name and address of the school when you place your order.

    Thanks to The BMC for supporting this initiative. 

    The call for more books by and featuring a diverse range of voices, particularly female role models, has never been stronger. With contributions from round the world cyclist Jin Jeong, ocean swimmer Beth French, mountain runner Mira Rai, Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman and many more, we hope Fantastic Female Adventurers will inspire children and adults of all ages that they can do incredible things too.

    A proportion of the author's royalties will be gifted to a number of charities chosen by the adventurers, including Girl Guiding, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, The Spinal Injuries Association and Surfers Against Sewage.

    Schools have that already benefitted from your donations and free competition copies are:
    Oldfield Primary School, Chester
    Christleton High School Chester
    Carrfield Primary Sheffield
    St Ebbes Primary School, Oxford
    Tavistock College
    Westfield Academy
    Evergreen Primary
    Pimlico Academy
    Maghaberry Primary School
    Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi
    Peterchurch Primary School
    The British School, Wotton-Under-Edge
    Mortlach Primary Schoool
    Harrison Primary School
    Richards Lodge High School
    Cranbourne Primary School
    Curbar Primary School
    Belleville Primary School
    Harris Academy Battersea
    Ark Bolingbroke Academy
    Ardingly College

     

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  • A free book for your school library


    We have published Fantastic Female Adventurers to inspire a younger generation of boys and girls to go out into the world (or indeed the playground) and have some adventurers of their own. We’d like to give away ten copies to school libraries who may have already spent their budget – well done, the kids aren’t even back yet!

    Just send us an email and we will pick ten at random to get a free copy of the book: lorna@v-publishing.co.uk

    A little bit about the book … Fantastic Female Adventurers by Lily Dyu is a collection of fourteen exciting and inspirational stories about the women that do. Follow them on their incredible journeys around the globe.

    Ski to the North Pole with Ann Daniels while watching out for polar bears and lethal cracks in the ice. Feel the air beneath your feet as you climb high on a cliff face with Gwen Moffat. Experience the thrill of racing down rocky Himalayan trails with champion runner Mira Rai. Sail the oceans with Ellen MacArthur, the girl who saved up her lunch money to buy her first boat.

    You’ll even fly into space with Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman. And join Lily on other awesome adventures with Anna McNuff, Sarah Outen, Misba Khan and more – taking you from Everest to the South Pole and all the places in between.

    Beautifully illustrated by artist and adventurer Chellie Carroll, Fantastic Female Adventurers will leave you thinking: I can do that, too!

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  • We have two new brilliant books available to pre-order this summer holiday!

    Fantastic Female Adventurers by Lily Dyu is a collection of incredible stories of women exploring the world. Featuring a diverse range of women's voices including round the world cyclist Jin Jeong, ocean swimmer Beth French, mountain runner Mira Rai and Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut, this is a book that will inspire boys, girls and adults everywhere that they can achieve incredible things too. 

    Popcorn-Eating Squirrels Go Nuts on Everest is the second book in a fun, action-packed series by the bestselling author of The Everest Files, Matt Dickinson. In this whacky instalment, the four squirrelly friends enter a competition to win a million pounds and popcorn for life. All they have to do is climb to the top of Everest – risking frostbitten paws, the thin mountain air and being eaten by a Yeti – and make popcorn on the roof of the world! This is a mountain epic survival story unlike any other.

    Both books are now available to pre-order at 20% off.

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