WILD GIRL, HOW TO HAVE INCREDIBLE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, by Helen Skelton, Illustrated by Liz Kay, Candlewick Press

Get outdoors and have amazing real-life adventures with an inspirational guide from adventurer, world-record breaker, and British TV personality Helen Skelton.

From kayaking the length of the Amazon to biking to the South Pole and running an ultramarathon across the Namib desert, Helen Skelton shares the stories of her most daring feats of endurance and grit in some of the world’s most extreme wildernesses–overcoming challenges, embracing her fears, and finding the positives in the toughest situations. Alongside each exciting account are ideas for outdoor adventures readers can have closer to home, as well as gear lists, information about Helen’s support teams, statistics, tips for physical and mental preparation, and a Wild Girl Wall of Fame featuring the diverse women who inspired Helen with their own achievements. A likable, no-nonsense tone paired with a combination of photographs and fun art will inspire young people to get outside and dream big.

Out October 2020

144 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

As a parent who has children in this technological age… I’ve always pushed my kids to get out and get some fresh air away from screens and phones. As a naturalist, and a daughter, grand-daughter and great-granddaughter to naturalists, I’m always pushing the outdoors, learning about nature and getting involved away from technology.

Helen Skelton has put together a very interesting and engaging book full of adventure and short blurb how-to’s to keep your young middle grade readers turning pages. Skelton has been fortunate enough to travel to many different places on our planet and engage in challenges and contests of will in incredible situations. She includes multiple photos of her journeys and provides details about training and preparing for her challenges.

The set up of this book is fun and interesting and gives tweaks of humor in the writing. My copy was black and white but the final copy is in colour. I love the cover and the wealth of information between covers that you gain from Skelton’s experiences. If you think of all the things Helen Skelton has accomplished and at such a young age, you will agree that this young lady is a gifted and inspirational athlete to hers and younger generations to dream big and reach for the stars.

I gave this book:

Five star rating – shiny golden stars

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