• 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:

    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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  • Engaging Young Readers: Eight great reasons to give audio a go

    We’re excited to announce that as well as providing our books in print and ebook formats, we are offering audiobook versions of select titles.

    Our first three audiobooks, Matt Dickinson's The Everest FilesNorth Face and Killer Storm are now live. To celebrate this addition to our digital library, our Digital Assets Editor, Sarah, takes a look at what makes audio so appealing for young readers …


    The ‘immerseability’ factor

    Ever heard the phrase, ‘Headphones in. World out’? This really rings true here – listening to a book makes it so much easier to get drawn into the story. This can be especially helpful for readers who get easily distracted or have trouble concentrating.

    Audio appeals to an innate desire: storytelling

    The art of telling and listening to a story is the oldest tradition – thousands of years before we were writing stories down and reading them. There is almost an innate comfort about being told a story, and hearing this story from a professional actor makes the experience not only more vivid, but arguably more engaging, realistic and exciting for young readers.

    Do more on the go

    Parents rejoice! Avoid the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ or ‘Are we there yet?’ on roadtrips – sticking an audiobook on can make any length of journey fun and entertaining!

    Give their eyes a break!

    In a world where young people are never too far from a screen – be it tablet, TV or mobile phone – audiobooks provide a very welcome relief for tired and strained eyes!


    Develop their literacy skills

    Using audiobooks can help grow a young person’s vocabulary, as well as their speaking and listening skills.

    Audiobooks are accessible

    Audiobooks are fantastic for developing a reader’s confidence – for those who find printed books daunting or feel discouraged from a title due its difficult reading level, audiobooks provide a welcome solution.

    The more the merrier: make reading a social experience

    Audiobooks allow the joy of reading to be developed, shared and discussed. Listening to a book as a family is a great bonding experience and, as previously mentioned, very entertaining due to the high-quality voice actors who narrate with captivating enthusiasm and expression.

    They’re great for bedtime

    Listening to an audiobook before bed is a fantastic way to winddown and relax. They also make incorporating some reading time into a busy evening routine easier: a real win-win!

    Sound good? Keep an ear out as we’ll be announcing more audiobook news very soon!

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  • Climate change protests by school children

    At Shrine Bell our ethos is to publish outdoor adventure books that inspire children to get outside and explore the natural world, so we’ve been keeping abreast of the recent climate change protests by school children because our landscapes need to be preserved and protected for the generations to come. 

    Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate-change activist Greta Thunberg – who was recently nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize – inspired a global movement to fight against climate change in which thousands of school children missed lessons to protest across more than 100 countries around the world.

    This March 1,659 school strikes are planned, across 105 countries. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's special report on global warming said that we have less than twelve years to ensure the global temperature doesn't rise more than 1.5 degrees or the risk of drought, floods, extreme heat, food scarcity and climate-related poverty will dramatically increase.

    The effects of climate change can be seen now with the devastating hurricanes in the US, record droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic. If warming increases by 2 degrees extremely hot days will become more common, leading to an increase in heat-related deaths. Corals would be ninety-nine per cent lost and melting polar ice caps would lead to dramatically higher sea levels and flooded coastal areas, making places on earth inhabitable.

    A Guardian report said that burning fossil fuels is the world's most significant threat to children's health. Nine out of ten children around the world breathe in dangerous air. Toxic fumes inhaled by pregnant women increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight and cognitive dysfunction. Pollution from diesel vehicles stunts lung growth, causing lifetime damage.

    The majority of those striking are too young to vote, so if you thought skipping class to protest about climate change might make a difference to your future, wouldn't you?

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  • Matt Dickinson's The Everest Files Trilogy Now Available in Audiobook Format

    Here at Shrine Bell, we are really excited about the benefits of audiobooks for young readers, and are thrilled to announce that our bestselling YA series, The Everest Files trilogy, is now available in audiobook format! Perfect for ages eleven plus, the trilogy follows eighteen-year-old Ryan Hart on a gap year working for a medical charity in Nepal. From the get-go Ryan becomes entangled in a series of thrilling and shocking adventures set amid the world’s highest peak. In book one, The Everest Files, Ryan becomes embroiled in a lethal mission to investigate the disappearance of a stricken climber lost on Everest. In the heart-stopping sequel, North Face, Ryan must survive a deadly earthquake and a do-or-die mission to save a friend stuck on Everest’s treacherous North Face; and in the gripping finale, Killer Storm,  a violent terrorist attack at Base Camp leaves a route up Everest’s deadly slopes the only means of escape …

    The series is inspired by Matt's own mountaineering adventures in the Himalaya. In 1996 he summited Everest via the North Face, climbing alongside actor Brian Blessed until Brian was forced to abandon the climb. Commenting on the Everest Files series Brian said, 'It brings the mountain to life for young readers in a fresh and wonderful way. I urge all lovers of adventure to read it!'

    Professional Voice Artist, Stewart Crank, who narrated the trilogy, said: 'I’m really grateful to have been given the opportunity to work on such brilliant stories for young readers. These books are full of tension and excitement and take you on a simply fantastic journey. I've loved narrating them and you'll love listening to them’.

    For more information on each of these titles and to begin listening, check out our page over on Audible.


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  • What do the concerns and changing behaviours of young people spell for the popularity of adventure books?

    Across Australia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, the UK and the US, tens of thousands of school-aged children have been skipping class to protest about the global climate change crisis. An organised protest took place on 15 February in the UK with pupils taking to the streets across thirty locations. In Lancaster, A-level student Rosie Mills successfully campaigned to allow under eighteens to have a say on climate change issues, with the aim that the city will eventually produce no carbon at all.

    The number of young people who turned out to vote in the 2017 UK general election was the highest in twenty-five years. Young people talk about politics with their friends, online and on social media platforms, getting involved in debates about gender equality, mental and physical health and education.

    Young people's habits are changing. In a report released by the Health Survey for England, in 2015 one in three sixteen to twenty-four year olds were teetotal, compared with one in five in 2005 with rates of harmful drinking declining. In 2015, twenty-eight per cent admitted to drinking above the recommended limits, compared to forty-three per cent in 2005 and 10,000 participants reported that abstention was becoming mainstream. Pubs are closing at a rate of eighteen per week whereas there are now over 25,000 coffee shops across the UK.

    So might this mean the non-drinking, politically aware, environmentally conscious, avocado-eating young people of today might be looking for healthier ways to spend their time? Perhaps with a good book or getting out and enjoying the outdoors while they can?

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