Author(s): Alexa Johnston with David Larsen
Working closely with the author of the highly acclaimed 'Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life', writer David Larsen has produced a readable, exciting book aimed at young readers in the 9-14 age range. The book tells the story of the young Ed Hillary growing up in the Waikato, his increasing love of climbing and the outdoors, his early climbs and growing reputation, then the Everest expedition and the ascent on Mt Everest itself. It describes in gripping fashion the successful assault on the summit by Hillary and Tensing Norgay, and the aftermath. The dramatic journey with Hillary to Antarctica and the trek to the South Pole, building schools for the Sherpas, the tragic death of his wife and daughter, and his remarriage and role as High Commissioner in India complete the exciting, action-packed account of Sir Ed's life. This book received an Honour Award, New Zealand Post Book Awards 2008.
Winner of Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Non Fiction 2008. Commended for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Non-Fiction Award 2008.
Alexa Johnston is of course the author of the bestselling Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life. She is a close friend of the Hillary family. Alexis is a former principal curator at the Auckland Art Gallery. She has also trekked in Nepal with members of the Hillary family.