Published: Lightning Books (June 2020)

ISBN: 9781785632075

Don’t Blame the Yeti

Tess Burrows


A hair-raising Himalayan hike (ages 8–11)

Yearning for friends and family, twelve-year-old Torma impulsively makes a promise. She takes on a quest to find the heart of a country and a lost penguin. Along the way, it also becomes a vital secret mission to protect the planet from Shady Forces.

She hikes across the high mountains of Nepal into the alluring land of myth and magic – Tibet – now full of dangerous Invaders. But she is being hunted. If caught, she will be put in prison and ‘disappeared'. And she is all alone.

Help is at hand from her best friend, who is a voice in her head. But can he be trusted?





‘This latest feast of a book is just gorgeous!’

Joanna Lumley

‘Magically superb!’

Tenzing Pasang, author of The Tibetan Singing Bowl




Tess Burrows

Tess Burrows is a peace activist, climbing instructor, healer, motivational speaker and grandmother.

After taking a degree in ecological science from Edinburgh University, she moved to Australia to grow trees. By the time she returned to the UK, she was the single mother of three young boys.

In 1990, she started adventuring in order to raise funds for projects close to her heart. Eight years later, with her partner Pete Hammond, she founded Climb For Tibet, to gather peace messages to declaim from high places. The charity has now raised more than £150,000, mainly for building schools in Tibet.

She is the author of three adventuring books – Cry From the Highest Mountain, Cold Hands Warm Heart and Touch the Sky – and two children’s stories, Soft Courage and Don’t Blame the Yeti, all published by Eye & Lightning Books.

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