The Little Stowaway which tells the story of a French orphan smuggled to Australia afer WW1 was first published in 2018.
Two Pennies, published in 2015, is about a little boy called George, living in Victoria after World War 1. He decides to work hard and raise two pennies to help build a school in Villers-Bretonneux, France. This town had been flattened by war and the school destroyed. This is a powerful and poignant picture story book about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to build this school across the oceans.
Vicki's non-fiction books for adults include Signposts for Life: Strategies for effective living and working. This book combined the best of Vicki’s two books I’ve Found The Keys, Now Where’s the Car? (1996) and I’ve read the Rules, Now How do I Play the Game? (1997) and added some new updated material. This motivational book focuses on goal setting and achieving success in both personal and professional contexts. The main themes include coping with change, creating positive attitudes, goal setting, risk taking, improving communicaiton, leadership, working as a team, building relationships, enhancing creative thinking and giving yourself great customer service.
With Ian Mathieson, Vicki co-authored The Effective Leader - How to balance your mind, body and spirit at home and at work, published by HarperCollins Australia in October 2002.
Life Smart - Choices for young people about friendship, family and future was published in 2001. It provides sound advice on how to deal with the most pressing issues of these vital years including: the ups and downs of friendships and love, learning to believe in ourselves and accept others, finding direction in our life, and relating to our families. It was translated and published in Indonesia, China, Brazil and Hungary.
“Vicki captures twenty-first century teen living through the eyes of those who are living it. A must-read for all young people and their parents. An uplifting read – I couldn’t put it down.”
~ Dennis Doyle, Executive Director, Young Achievement Australia.
“This is an amazing book... Vicki’s energy and enthusiasm shine through as she speaks to teenagers on the issues relevant to them.”
~ Elizabeth M Gilchrist, State Commissioner, Guides Australia Queensland.
Life Smart was the basis for a special community development program that Vicki implemented in Singapore, training parents, youth workers and volunteers to deliver training and awareness in life skills to young people in schools, communities and youth organizations. This is an initiative in conjunction with Integrative Learning Corporation Singapore and was funded by the Singapore Technologies Endowment Program. The objective of this program is to create a nation wide awareness of valuable life skills for teenagers.
Making Dreams Come True, published in 1996 in Australia by Hodder Headline, includes simple visualizations and practical exercises to help children set and achieve goals and is aimed at children, parents and teachers. It was published in Germany and the UK.
Visit Vicki’s web site: www.vickibennett.com