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A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge: by bestselling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls

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The first thrilling adventure in the brand-new collectible series for young readers from survival expert and Chief Scout BEAR GRYLLS.

Olly isn't enjoying activity camp. Why should he bother building a shelter or foraging for food with his teammates - he'd rather be at home in the warm and dry, where the sofa and the video games are.

But then Olly gets given a compass with a mysterious fifth direction. When he follows it, he's magically transported to a high mountain range where he meets survival expert Bear Grylls. With his help, Olly must learn to survive in sub-zero temperatures, including what to do if the ice cracks when you're crossing a frozen lake, or a blizzard sets in . . .

But can his adventure with Bear Grylls change Olly's mind about teamwork and perseverance? And who will Olly give the compass to next?

Each book in this fun new 12-book series from BEAR GRYLLS follows a different child on the outdoor activity camp. Once they are given the magical compass, they meet the inspirational adventurer in an amazing place and learn new skills and facts they can take back with them to their real life.

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4th May '19
ChildGenius read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge: by bestselling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls 9781786960122
5 stars
This is the first book in the Bear Grylls series. Olly gets sucked into a blizzard by a compass which very mysteriously sometimes has five points instead of four points. With just Bear Grylls he has to survive an imminent blizzard on the mountain top. I will recommend this book to those who love adventure and also want to learn more about survival in harsh and adverse conditions. All the Bear Grylls books are written in a such a way which makes it easy to understand and follow the story. 
2nd April '17
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge: by bestselling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls 9781786960122
5 stars
I found this quite a surprising read. I opted to give this book and Bear Grylls a go because my Uncle is a big fan of his television programme and after attending some bush craft sessions myself i thought i'd quite like to see what his writing is like. 

It turns out, it's actually quite good! I like facts mingled in with my story telling and i have to say the Bear put in the right amount of facts, in the right places- where most kids would forget that they're learning at the same time! I kept reading them out to my mummy and thought that they were very interesting and of course good to know!

I've read some other things said about this book and i would like to say that this book is most definitely not just for boys! It is recommended for children aged between 5-7 but i would say that can go either way as i'm sure younger and older kids would enjoy it too.
2nd June '17
MalJam read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge: by bestselling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls 9781786960122
5 stars
I really liked this story! I wanted to read it as I want to join the scouts and go camping and on adventures. I really liked the story and the characters where fun! I want to go on adventures just like in this story !
5th April '17
BeeReaderK read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge: by bestselling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls 9781786960122
5 stars
This Bear Grylls book is better than his jungle book one and I'm a big fan of jungle book (cos of the panther)its about a kid called Ollie who hates camp but he gets given a compass and it teleports him somewhere but I'm not going to say where though it is an adventure book #swag
 
10th August '18
Mouse read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge: by bestselling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls 9781786960122
5 stars
Love this book, full of adventure and I like the way Bear Grylls writes. This book made me want to read his other books!
21st April '17
MicahW read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge: by bestselling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls 9781786960122
4 stars
I have heard of Bear Grylls before. I haven't watched him on tv, but know the kinds of things he does, so expected the book to be aboutnsome kind of survival. I was t as excites about reading this book as I am.normally, as I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy it or not. It was a short book, so I read it very quickly and it was easy to read. There was black and white illustrations, but some Of The illustrations I found pointless. Such as there would be a drawing of a rucksack on the page and nothing else, etc and didn't think they were needed. I did like the adventure, so preferred the part Of The story where they were on the trek. 
 
15th May '19
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge: by bestselling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls 9781786960122
4 stars
This book was recommended to us by a teacher at school who thought it was great for encouraging children to be more resilient and brave. After reading the first few pages I could clearly see what she was thinking, it definitely promotes self-esteem and confidence boosting for young children who are often anxious or riddled with doubt. I particularly like how it is constantly asking questions, something which I know some of my children do regularly, either to themselves or to other people, for clarification, comfort and reassurance. It was nice to see this embedded within the book and to have it addressed, especially from a PSHE perspective where we tackle areas of concern or worries that the children may have. I also like how it constantly talks about feelings and the main character 'Olly' is forever expressing himself. With society now trying to encourage people of all ages and walks of life to express their inner feelings to improve and promote a healthier state of mind (mental health) it was great to read a book that encourages this also.

Olly, a young easily-bored boy, has begrudgingly attended a camp which tests him to the limit. He's gone with his friend Jack but is the polar opposite to the way he's feeling about it. Jack is enthused, excited and ready for whatever comes his way. Olly on the other hand is horrified at the thought of spending time at camp and begins moaning almost as soon as he sees the kit he has to 'lug' about with him. Straight away we can see that they are two very different boys. Jack is more outgoing and approachable, Olly, puts you in mind of Horrid Henry, stroppy, awkward and difficult to win over, unless its on his terms. At the beginning of the story it is difficult to see that Olly will actually learn anything from camp as he begins to duck out of activities and refuses to work as a team because the task is altogether too hard. This displeases his teammates, Jack and Omar, a boy they've joined forces with, especially as the tasks are timed, and incredibly taxing. Olly doesn't care though and quickly excuses himself to run back to the tent they'd eventually managed to put up, much to his annoyance yet again. After a short while Olly realises that even though he's not doing all of the boring tasks the camp leaders have set, he's not just bored and alone, in the 'comfort' of the tent, without his teammates. He decides to go and find them and try to improve his attitude towards whatever task is set next. Although on approach, he overhears Omar complaining to Jack about him and is so hurt that he doesn't bother going to re-join them in their most recent task. He instead slopes back off to the tent feeling awful and wishing he wasn't at camp but having no way of leaving. All of a sudden Olly finds himself in an empty place, a very cold, empty place, with a strange man named Bear. The book follows Olly along an adventure out in the wilderness with Bear Grylls as his leader and mentor, encouraging him and guiding him through this difficult time. Bear provides non-stop support and lessons which Olly slowly begins to learn from. Initially, Olly doesn't listen as well as he should but it soon lands him in a tricky situation where he could have been badly hurt and that soon makes him realise that Bear's words are teaching him how to make it out of this adventure ALIVE! After what feels like weeks in freezing terrain, Olly wakes to find he is back at Camp with his friends, Jack and Omar. His attitude towards this expedition has now changed and the boys can't quite believe the difference in him. He proves to himself and the others that he isn't just 'all talk' but can actually complete an activity to the best of his ability, showing how much he learnt and grew on the adventure he had with Bear, which neither of the other boys know anything about. All this from a magical compass? Olly is amazed and knows that he no longer needs to reassurance and guidance of Bear but someone else might. So he sets off to hand over the compass to someone who could benefit from a few outdoor lessons, particularly with creepy-crawlies. A great lesson is to be learnt from this book, one of self-belief and positivity. That even in the darkest of times it's possible to achieve something.

The children enjoyed this book as we've never read anything like it before and they like to find out about new themes. Their thoughts are as follows:
AJ aged 7: I would give it 5 stars because I liked the whole book.
AM aged 7: I'd give it 5 stars because I like that they do outdoor things in nature.
IS aged 6: I liked when Bear helped Olly when he was stuck and couldn't get out. I would give it 4 stars because in the beginning Olly was not being kind.
SV aged 7: I'll give it 5 stars because it teaches you how to survive in the wild.
TM aged 7: I'd give it 5 stars because it's very interesting and it teaches you that you change.
SuA aged 6: I would give this book 5 stars because it was really interesting and I liked all the different punctuation like question marks, this is my writing target so that gave me lots of ideas.
SaA aged 7: I liked it when Olly started to be good and listen to Bear because if you don't listen you might hurt yourself or you might get lost and don't know where your leader is. I like how Omar started to like Olly.
RW aged 6: At the start of the story I didn't think Olly would change his behaviour but when we got to the end I noticed that he would start to change. I would give 4 stars because I didn't like parts of it and would change some parts if I could. I would change the part where they are doing the activities and I would make them harder because Olly has lots of experience and I don't think it was challenging enough for someone like him.
BA aged 6: I like the part when Bear told Olly to keep on trying because it tells me that even if you are saying you can't do it, you can still try again.
BC aged 6: I would give it 4 stars because I didn't like the bit when Olly didn't listen because I thought he was being ungrateful to Bear for when he helped him.
TE aged 7: I would give it 4 stars because I liked it when Olly was confident saying he could do it but I didn't like when he was stuck because he would have been cold and too wet. I wouldn't like that so I didn't like reading it.
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Trained from an early age in martial arts and taught to climb and sail by his father, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS, before becoming one of the youngest-ever climbers of M...

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