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Being Brave Too

A novel and a guide

What do you do when you have a fight with your best friend? When you are in a tough situation and have no one to talk to? How do you ask for help when you feel helpless? Ellie and Alyssa are now in high school. Ellie’s little sister Lucy is growing up and discovering her own voice. Ellie is now popular but is being bullied on social media. Alyssa is finding herself through her connection to her family’s history. These once best friends have gone their separate ways. Bushfires threaten Blue Lake.  A series of events lead them back to each other on a second adventure to save the wildlife. In doing so they learn about themselves, how to overcome difficulties and the importance of leaning on your friends. Being Brave Too is a novel and personal development guide for girls with themes on self-esteem and resilience. It is the sequel to Being Brave.

Sema and Hester live with their families in neighbouring suburbs of Sydney. With their life and work experiences, Sema and Hester know that developing a personal tool kit helps to provide support in whatever girls choose to do in their lives. When Sema is not writing, she leads a team of professionals improving governance and conduct in a leading financial services organisation. She is the deputy chair and director of one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit providers of childcare and early education services. Sema is also an executive coach on ethics. As for Hester, previously a corporate and financial services lawyer, she is now working on developing disability and social housing. Hester is also on the governing body of a women and children’s shelter located in south-east Sydney. Sema and Hester understand the essence of motherhood and parenting and being a crucial example to their children, families and communities. Through their life experiences and their friendship, they are now inspiring girls to stand up for what they think is right and to be confident and courageous through their books. Jelena Sinik is a talented, award-winning animated filmmaker, designer and illustrator from Sydney. Jelena has animated various projects in the public art sector, including award winning projection shows for Sydneys VIVID Lights Festival. She also teaches at the School of Arts Media at UNSW. Jelena has won several awards for her animated films and has been festival-screened internationally numerous times. She is the 2018 ATOM Award winner for Best Tertiary Animation in Australia.

* Being Brave Too is the sequel to Being Brave. It is a personal development journey told through an engaging adventure fantasy story with inspiring illustrations and guides. It’s written from the alternating perspectives of three friends. * Written for 8 to 12-year-old girls and their parents, carers and educators who want to guide girls to access their bravery, and to be strong and independent. * Engages readers in recognising their worries and self-doubt through the characters who let readers into their own vulnerabilities. It aims to show readers that being brave is hard, but not impossible, when armed with the right tools and support. * It’s a novel and guide to being brave. This is an on-trend and important topic for today’s tween girls. * A full PR campaign focusing on both parents of tween girls and tween girls commencing in August 2020, as well as a full social media campaign commencing in June for book launch in September. * PR will ramp up and focus on Christmas sales in 2020 and back to school sales early in 2021. * The first book Being Brave was featured in print, digital and TV media including, Marie Claire, Women’s Day, Teen Breathe, Total Girl, Kidspot, Bub Hub and on Sky News.

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