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Climb to the top with the Everest Reading Challenge

Tuesday, 13th May 2014

Image of Everest FilesTo celebrate the release of Matt Dickinson’s Everest Files – the thrilling tale of one boy’s quest to the highest summit on Earth – we’re inviting schools around the country to take part in a unique reading adventure.

The Everest Reading Challenge offers pupils the chance to get involved with an engaging reading programme, created to inspire enthusiasm for literature and develop basic research skills. Centred on a fun, interactive learning process, the scheme is particularly suited to encouraging more reluctant readers to pick up a book – and finish it!

At the heart of the Challenge is The Everest Files. Inspired by Matt Dickinson’s own Everest experience, the book interweaves a lively adventure story with eye-opening observations of the culture and lifestyles of 21st-century mountain communities. As pupils progress through the book, they customise their personal Everest Reading Challenge poster, designed to promote an analytical and creative response to the text.

To conclude the Challenge, respected writer and filmmaker Matt Dickinson will visit participating schools to share the stories of his time on Everest. Matt will be embarking on his school tour in October and November of this year; if you would like your school to be a part of the Challenge, or wish to find out more, email Tori Halliday on or call 0114 267 9277.

Read The Telegraph’s review of The Everest Files or buy a copy of the book.

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