"'I have shown myself that nothing is impossible. I'm just a girl from a small town in Australia, but I was always taught to believe in my dreams.' Alyssa Azar is unstoppable. When she was just eight years old, she walked the gruelling Kokoda Track alongside her father, Glenn. At twelve she climbed the ten highest peaks in Australia. Two years later she reached the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. Now, aged eighteen, she is climbing to the roof of the world: the summit of Mt Everest. The Girl Who Climbed Everest is the inspiring story of how an ordinary girl from Toowoomba in country Queensland has worked towards achieving her dream of climbing the world's highest peak. Through passion, determination, and immense hard work, and with the unwavering support of her dad, Alyssa plans to become the youngest non-Sherpa female in the world and the youngest female Australian ever to make it. She shares the extraordinary thrills and heart-breaking disappointments on the road to reaching her goal, and explains how she finds the courage and motivation to keep going in the face of overwhelming danger and adversity.
Above all, Alyssa's story shows us that we can achieve anything if we dare to dream big. "
Sue Williams is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest; Women of the Outback; No Time For Fear - the story of shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder - and Mean Streets, Kind Heart: The Father Chris Riley Story. Her other books include Left for Dead; Outback Spirit; Welcome to the Outback; Peter Ryan: The Inside Story and And Then The Darkness, about the disappearance of the British backpacker Peter Falconio, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Gold Dagger Award in the UK for the true crime book of the year, and the Ned Kelly Awards in Australia. Also an award-winning journalist, Sue was born in England, and worked in print and television in the UK and New Zealand. She spent many years travelling around the world before falling in love with Australia in 1989. Since settling here, she has written for many of Australia's leading newspapers and magazines. Sue's book, Father Bob, inspired the first edition of Penguin's immersive, interactive online reading experience, True Stories. She lives in Sydney's Kings Cross with her partner, writer Jimmy Thomson. suewilliams.com.au.