Vicki Bennett

Adult and children’s non-fiction author

VB picVicki Bennett is an author, artist, filmmaker, writing coach, and corporate trainer. She has written over 10 books and written and co-produced a documentary, Never Forget Australia. Most recently she has written a number of Picture Stroybooks introducing young readers to special stories about WWI and WWII. She is at present working on two such books which will be published in 2022.

 

the flying angelVicki's latest children's book, The Flying Angel (2021), was inspired by the life of the remarkable nurse, Sister Marie Eileen Craig.  In early 1944, 15 nurses from the Royal Australian Air Force nursing service were handpicked for the 2nd unit of flying sisters who made up the No 2 MAETU. Nicknamed 'the flying angels', the unit was based in Papua New Guinea.  Sister Craig was one of these nurses, handpicked to rescue injured soldiers from the frontline and bring them back to Australia..

Little stowaway coverThe Little Stowaway (2018) tells the story of a French orphan smuggled to Australia afer WW1. The Little Stowaway opens at the end of the war, when a ragged, hungry little French orphan came out of the fog on a freezing cold Christmas night in 1918 and wandered into an Australian airmen's mess and his journey home began. See trailer.

Two Pennies (2105), 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. See trailer. This book has been translated into French: Deux Pennies.

Oliver's First Big Spy Adventure is mid grade fiction for 9-12 year olds. Vicki wrote this book with her grandson Oliver Orth.  On an ordinary afternoon after school, Oliver overhears two suspicious-sounding men talking about bacteria, AK47s, vicious dogs and a mysterious island. His grandmother takes off after them – proving to Oliver that she really is a spy. He follows them; knowing that this is what he’s been preparing for all his life. When two men leap from a black van and abduct his grandmother, Oliver’s first big spy adventure really begins. Oliver is kidnapped, tied up, chased across a field by guard dogs snapping at his heels, catches a train, hires a taxi, rides a horse, is shot at with a machine gun, drives a boat and is hopelessly lost in the open sea. He is brave and resourceful, but can he help his grandmother escape?

Vicki's latest non-fiction books for adults, The Book of Hope: An antidote for anxiety, was published in 2020. Our in-built mechanism of fight or flight is now on high alert. An environment of consistent stress, has produced overwhelming anxiety that we soothe, avoid or numb. In this book Vicki shares a mindset for dealing with anxiety and practical tools to reconnect to a hopeful future. She has written may other self-help and motivational books which focus on goal setting and achieving success in both personal and professional/school contexts for children, teenagers and adults. 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 being kind to yourself..

Visit Vicki’s web site for more information about her and her books.

 

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'Two Pennies'