Kelly and Zoey Allen
(Our Transitional Life)

Dina Al-Sabawi

Hannah Camacho

Ryan Crawford

Alex Falase-Koya

Kereen Getten

Gina Gonzales

Gavin Gray

Sarah Guillory

Ravena Guron

Radiya Hafiza

Anika Hussain

Jennifer Iacopelli

Nansubuga Isdahl

Samantha Joyce

Richard Mercado

Yasmine Naghdi

Samuel Pollen

Ryan Robinson

Elizabeth Rounding

Kelly Sharpe

Cynthia So

Chitra Soundar

Claire Tomasi

Adelle Yeung

Kelly and Zoey Allen

Kelly and Zoey Allen are a wife and wife duo living in Cardiff, South Wales with their two home educated children, and lovely labradoodle. They run a blog focusing on LGBTQ issues, family life, and tackling the world as a transgender family. They run a small handmade polymer clay jewellery business, with 20% of Pride profits going to LGBTQ charities.

Zoey is also a singer/songwriter, whilst Kelly spends her spare time with her head buried in a good book!

Zoey and Kelly's pronouns are she/her.

Dina Al-Sabawi

Born in the Middle East , Dina was raised in Canada and now resides with her husband and two kids in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dina has fully embraced the Southern lifestyle of fried chicken and waffles, banana cream pie and sweet tea.

When she is not writing picture books or reading, Dina is changing baby diapers and dodging toddler tantrums. She loves using Instagram to find new recipes she can experiment with on her reluctant family.

Dina graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a double major in English Literature and Family Studies, followed by a degree in Education. She loves historical fiction the most, especially stories set in India or the Middle East.

Dina's pronouns are she/her.

Hannah Camacho

Hannah Camacho is a storyteller, illustrator, mom of three and overall extremely curious human. Hannah is often found roaming her home state of Washington with her kids in tow, snapping pictures and dreaming up new stories. She loves a good cup of coffee, dancing, dreaming and cracking jokes. She’s determined to find Sasquatch one day, but so far he’s still winning at hide and seek.

You can find more of Hannah’s work on her website.

Hannah’s pronouns are she/her.

Ryan Crawford

Ryan Crawford is an author, husband, father and all-round creative living in London. After breaking into publishing through Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, Ryan is always on the lookout for new ways to get creative. He is dedicated to telling stories that capture the imagination as well as reinforcing themes like family, friendship and diversity.

More of his work can be found on his website.

Ryan's pronouns are he/him.

A beautiful, celebratory and joyful book of bedtime stories.

Written and illustrated by Black creators, with a foreword by Candice Brathwaite, Bedtime Stories showcases a curated collection of tales from Black history, based on important figures and events from around the world. Each story is the ideal length to read at bedtime as well as any moment when young readers are looking for an inspirational read!

Featuring stories by Ryan Crawford, Alex Falase-Koya and Nansubuga Isdahl, and illustrations by Lucy Farfort.

Reviews to come

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World: Scholastic UK

Alex Falase-Koya

Alex is a London native. He has been both reading and writing since he was a teenager; anything at the cross-section of social commentary and genre fiction floats his boat. He was a winner of Spread the Word’s 2019 London Writers Awards for YA/children’s. He now lives in Walthamstow with his girlfriend and two cats, and is working on his YA debut.

Alex's pronouns are he/him.

Marvin is an ordinary boy who loves spending time with Grandpa, reading comics, and making science experiments with his best friend Joe. But everything changes when he discovers a mysterious superhero suit hidden in the attic.

To his amazement, Marvin learns that he is next in a long line of superheroes. Now the time has come to meet his destiny!

When the Science Fair is thrown into chaos by super-villain Mastermind and her giant robot, Marvin is the only one who can stop them. Will Marvin be brave enough to step into his power-and into his superhero suit-to become the great and marvellous superhero Marv?

The first book in a powerful series of one boy's journey to unlock the superhero within featuring illustrations by Paula Bowles.

Reviews to come

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World: Oxford University Press

It's an exciting day for Marvin and his classmates because they are visiting the Natural History Museum. Marvin and Joe can't wait to see all those dinosaur skeletons up close, but they get more than they bargained for when supervillain Leo turns up and brings the Dino skeletons to life!

With the help of his loyal sidekick, a super-intelligent robot called Pixel, it's time for Marvin to become superhero Marv. 

Marv must use all of his newfound superhero skills if he wants to stop Leo and save his classmates from the gang of marauding dino skeletons running riot!

Reviews to come

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World: Oxford University Press

Kereen Getten

Kereen Getten grew up in Jamaica but now lives in Birmingham with her family. She has previously written short stories for multiple publications including Notts Review and Adhoc Fiction. She was nominated for Best Short Fiction 2018 and highly commended for the FAB prize.

When Life Gives You Mangoes is her debut novel, published with Pushkin Press (UK) and Delacorte (US) in 2020. It has been shortlisted for several awards including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021. It has also been translated into Czech and Italian. Her narrative non-fiction debut, Two Sisters, was published in 2021.

Kereen's pronouns are she/her.

Nothing much happens in Sycamore, the small village where Clara lives - at least, that's how it seems. She loves eating ripe mangoes fallen from trees, running outside in the rainy season and escaping to her secret hideout with her best friend Gaynah. There's only one problem: she can't remember anything about the previous summer.

When a quirky girl called Rudy arrives from England, everything starts to change. Gaynah stops acting like a best friend, while Rudy and Clara roam across the island and uncover an old family secret. As the summer reaches its peak and the island storms begin, Clara's memory starts to return and she must finally face the truth of what happened last year.

Winner of the inaugural Caribbean Reader's Award for Middle Grade

Winner of the Redbridge Children's Award 2021

A Black Caucus of the American Library Association "Best of the Best" pick, 2020

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021

Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2021

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Children's & YA Prize 2021

Longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2021

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2022

Longlisted for the Our Best Book Award 2022

Longlisted for the 2021 Bocas Lit Fest Children's Book Prize

Nominated for the Massachusetts Children's Book Award 2021

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2022

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'The story is mysterious and has a powerful twist, while also conjuring up moving family relationships.'
Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

'Getten’s handling of potentially tough topics like family, disability, and religion is spot-on, weaving important discussions into an adventurous, summery plot that just keeps going.'
SLJ, starred review

'A winning debut of immense charm, grace and heartfelt wisdom.'
Piers Torday, author of There May Be A Castle

'A brilliant and beautifully crafted tale... I loved it.'
Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs

'A wonderful story with great heart, mystery, and insight. Kereen Getten is a bright new voice.'
Clare Vanderpool, Newbery Medal winning author of Moon Over Manifest

'A heartfelt and accessible debut about friendship, memory, and forgiveness.'
Tae Keller, Newbery Medal winning author of When You Trap a Tiger

'This is a beautifully-written story of small towns, and the eternally shifting sands of friendship and family. Mysterious, poetic and dream-like at times.'

'A heartwarming yet suspenseful debut about the strength of family, the turmoil of friendships lost and found, and most importantly, remembering who you are.'
Lynne Kelly, author of the Schneider award winner Song for a Whale

'A touching novel about letting go of the past and moving on.'
Kirkus Reviews

'This is a beautiful novel about friendship, family, community, and grief.'
BookRiot, Best Books of 2020

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US: Penguin Random House / Delacorte
UK: Pushkin Press
Czech: Euromedia
Italian: Il Castoro

Ruth and Anna are inseparable. Ruth has always known her half-sister isn't like her - her almost-white skin means she is allowed certain things that Ruth can only dream of.

Anna wishes she could be braver, like her sister, Ruth. But she has had to live with the fact that the smallest mistake would land not only her in danger, but Ruth and their mother, too.

When Ruth and Anna are shipped off to Master John's home in London for their safety, it isn't the haven they imagined. Their differences force them apart - Anna is allowed to stay upstairs while Ruth is banished to the servants' quarters and is forced to work.

With whispers of freedom on the city's streets, will Anna find the courage to stand up for Ruth before it's too late?

Longlisted for the Shropshire Big Book Fest Award 2022

‘A hard-hitting, gripping read, full of fierce courage in the face of injustice.’
The Guardian

'As well as highlighting the appalling treatment of slaves, this moving tale, based partially on real events, celebrates the bond between the sisters and the courage of those who help them.'

‘This powerful and deeply affecting novel will provide young readers with a deeper insight into Black British history.’
Just Imagine

‘This powerful, emotive story brings to light the rarely-told stories of the Black Georgian children who strove for freedom and confronts the unsavoury aspects of Britain’s colonial past.’
Candid Cocoa

‘Provides readers with a new point of view and the opportunity to develop empathy for those whom history often forgets.’
Scope for Imagination

‘A beautiful story.’
Maia, age 9, for Books Up North

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World: Scholastic UK

From the author of the critically acclaimed novel When Life Gives You Mangos comes a captivating journey of love, loss, and letters.

When Brie was younger, her mama used to surprise her with treasure hunts around their island town. After she died three years ago, these became Brie’s favorite memories.

Now, on her twelfth birthday, her mama has another surprise: a series of letters leading Brie on one last treasure hunt.

The first letter guides Brie to a special place.

The next urges her to unlock a secret.

And the last letter will change life as she knows it.

In this poignant coming-of-age story of new memories, surprises, and moments of healing, Kereen Getten beautifully captures the edge of adolescence, when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying in a way it will never be again.

Review to come

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US: Penguin Random House / Delacorte
UK: Pushkin Press

Gina Gonzales

Gina Gonzales grew up in Pueblo, Colorado nicknamed the “Home of Heroes” which was the perfect place to develop a love of green chile, superheroes, and reading. She has worked as a Creative in entertainment for over 10 years and enjoys writing fun, quirky stories with a creepy twist.

Gina lives in Los Angeles with her husband and prince-like dog, Jasper.

Gina's pronouns are she/her.

Gavin Gray

Gavin Gray started off in publishing as a lexicographer (that’s right, he edited dictionaries – and he enjoyed it!) before following his geeky side to move into software. A constant daydreamer, when Gavin’s not writing stories, he’s probably acting out games of make-believe with his daughter, watching something on Netflix with his wife or playing video games late at night when he finally has the TV to himself.

Gavin’s pronouns are he/him.

Sarah Guillory

Sarah Guillory has always had a passion for literature. Coming from a family of teachers, she learned to read before she’d even started school and has escaped into fictional worlds ever since. Sarah loves being outside, whether that’s walking her dogs, sitting under a tree with a book, or running countless miles before the sun has even come up. She teaches high school English and lives in Louisiana with her husband.

Sarah's pronouns are she/her.

Ravena Guron

Ravena Guron was born in London, went to school in London, went to university in London and now works in (checks notes) London. She has a degree in Biochemistry but soon realised life in a lab was not for her, and is now a trainee lawyer turned author.

Ravena writes MG and YA, and loves creating big worlds and adventures with lots of twists and bags of fun. In her spare time, she loves reading (of course), and falling asleep to her thousandth re-watch of Friends.

Ravena’s pronouns are she/her.

Radiya Hafiza

Radiya Hafiza studied English Language and Literature at King’s College London and worked in publishing for a few years. When she should be writing, you can find Radiya on Twitter laughing at memes.

Rumaysa is Radiya's debut MG, was published in April 2021 with Macmillan. It retells classic fairytales with brown girls at the forefront and was Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for April 2021.

Radiya’s pronouns are she/her.

For as long as she can remember Rumaysa has been locked away in her tower, forced to spin straw into gold for the evil Witch, unable to leave. Until one day, after dropping a hijab out of her small tower-window, Rumaysa realizes how she might be able to escape...

Join Rumaysa as she adventures through enchanted forests and into dragon's lairs, discovers her own incredible magical powers and teams up with Cinderayla and Sleeping Sara!

Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for April 2021

Shortlisted for the Awesome Book Award 2022

Longlisted for the Our Best Book Award 2022

'Beautiful, exciting, funny and empowering. I loved it!'
Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs

'Blending fairytales and cultures in a witty and playful story of strong-willed female protagonists, Hafiza crafts a world of magic and enchantment with immense skill.', Best Children's Books to Look Forward to in 2021

'All the fairytales in this exciting collection are vivid, magical and wonderful – each one spinning the genre on its head and bringing the stories right up to date with their diverse heroines taking centre stage. I just adored it!'
Jasbinder Bilan, author of Asha and the Spirit Bird

'An enchanting and cleverly woven trio of tales filled with humour, charm, and magic.'
Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars

'I loved the three heroines of this wonderful tale, loved how their stories intersected each other and that they were their own rescuers and path-finders. Three classic fairytales, beautifully woven together, sparkling with magic and humour.'
Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole An Elephant

'A laugh out loud fairy tale. A wonderful, immediately likeable gang of characters, hilarious dialogue and that special tale feeling - of both specificity and universality, of now, then and always. A joy to read.'
Louie Stowell, author of The Dragon in the Library

'This is gorgeous. Three fairytales reimagined and woven together into a lyrical and funny treat.'
Sophie Wills, author of The Orphans of St Halibut's

'Brown girls take centre stage in the stories of Rumaysa, Cinderayla and Sleeping Sara as Hafiza puts a playful new spin on three classic fairytales, woven into a funny, empowering adventure of sisterhood.'
The Bookseller, One to Watch

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World: Macmillan Children's

Anika Hussain

Anika Hussain is a graduate of Bath Spa MAWYP. Not having seen herself in the books she read as a teenager, Anika writes angsty YA novels with South Asian characters at its focus.

Born Sweden, Anika now lives in Bath but frequently returns to Sweden where she has made TV and radio appearances, speaking about the impact writing has had on her life, and her work with The Ministry of Storytelling.

When not writing, you can find Anika yelling at the telly about inconsistencies or listening to true-crime podcasts. She also loves corgis with a scary passion.

Anika's pronouns are she/her.

Jennifer Iacopelli

Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave, ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett, both of whom wrote about kick-butt girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-butt. As a high school librarian, she frolics all day with her students, books and computers and writes at night while cheering on her beloved Yankees.

Break The Fall was published in 2020 by PRH / Razorbill (US) and Hodder Children's (UK), and has sold into Germany, Spain and Slovakia. Jennifer's next YA, Finding Her Edge will be published in 2022 by PRH / Razorbill (US).

Jennifer's pronouns are she/her.

The only thing seventeen-year-old Audrey Lee dreams about is swinging her way to Olympic glory. Nothing is going to stop her, not even the agony in her back. Every spasm and ache will be worth it once she has that gold medal around her neck.

But none of her training prepares her for her coach being led away in handcuffs, accused by a fellow gymnast of the unthinkable. No one knows what, or who to believe and Audrey's teammates go into meltdown.

As the Olympic torch closes in, Audrey has no idea who to trust, let alone what life holds after her final dismount. The only thing she can do is hope that in the end, belief in herself and what's left of her team, will be enough for gold.

A fiercely told survivorship novel about one girl's determination to push her body to win gold at the Olympics, and the power of uniting as women to speak out.

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2021 pick

A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2021 pick

Nominated for the 21-22 South Carolina Book Awards

Featured on the Texas Library Association: TAYSHAs 2021 Reading List

'An uplifting quest for Olympic victory.'
Kirkus Reviews

'Readers will enjoy both the serious and sensitive discussion around sexual assault, as well as the story's more lighthearted topics of crushes, team dynamics, and the mechanics of gymnastics.'

'A fraught behind-the-scenes look at the lives of young Olympic hopefuls. Particularly compelling is the international female gymnasts’ demonstration of unity against sexual harassment, a show of empowerment in every arena.'
Publishers Weekly

'You will feel every tense bead of sweat, every nagging injury, every surge of adrenaline in Jennifer Iacopelli's superb gymnastics novel This book makes you understand exactly what it is like to compete as a woman at the highest level in sport, and it is exhilarating and satisfying indeed.' Holly Sorensen, Television Creator/Showrunner, Make it or Break It, Step Up

'With an insider’s eye, Jennifer Iacopelli pulls back the curtain on the world’s most talented athletes, whose hard work and incredible skills are often overlooked because of their unique ability to make the impossible look so easy. The result is sporty, soapy, and addictive.'
Sarah Henning, author of Throw Like a Girl

'Break the Fall is the YA gymnastics novel of my dreams, and the very human drama at the center grabbed me as Audrey Lee learns what it means to be a friend and how to stand up for what's right. I couldn't put it down!'
Alicia Thompson, author of Psych Major Syndrome and co-author of the Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series

'I flew through this book. I was rooting for Audrey and the rest of Team USA the whole time—for their health, for their friendship, and of course for their gymnastics. Reading Break the Fall is the closest I’ve ever come to the thrill of competing at the Olympics—and I didn’t even have to do a single push-up to get here.'
Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life

'A fast-paced drama packed with big emotional stakes.'
Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately

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North American: Penguin Random House / Razorbill
UK: Hachette Children's
Catalan: La Galera
German: HarperCollins
Slovakian: Albatros Media
Spanish: La Galera

Adriana Russo is figure skating royalty.

With gold-medalist parents, and her older sister headed to the Olympics, all she wants is to live up to the family name and stand atop the ice dance podium at the Junior World Championships. But fame doesn’t always mean fortune, and their legendary skating rink is struggling under the weight of her dad’s lavish lifestyle. The only thing keeping it afloat is a deal to host the rest of the Junior Worlds team before they leave for France.

That means training on the same ice as her first crush, Freddie, the partner she left when her growth spurt outpaced his. For the past two years, he’s barely acknowledged her existence, and she can’t even blame him for it.

When the family’s finances take another unexpected hit, losing the rink seems inevitable until her partner, Brayden, suggests they let the world believe what many have suspected: that their intense chemistry isn’t contained to the ice. Fans and sponsors alike take the bait, but keeping up the charade is harder than she ever imagined. And training alongside Freddie makes it worse, especially when pretending with Brayden starts to feel very real.

As the biggest competition of her life draws closer and her family’s legacy hangs in the balance, Adriana is caught between her past and present, between the golden future she’s worked so hard for, and the one she gave up long ago.

'Elite competition and family legacy take center stage in this ice-rink romance. An engaging read for sports fans and romance lovers alike.'

'Finding Her Edge shines from the high-stakes backdrop of professional ice dancing. With thrilling athleticism, compelling family dynamics, beautifully drawn friendships, and a relationship or two to root for, this story set on the ice is sure to ignite dreams and warm hearts.'
Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times bestselling author of A Cuban Girls’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

'Finding Her Edge captures the magic of a second-chance romance and tosses it into the pressure-cooker of world-class ice skating along with an irresistible combination of fake dating, family drama, and a shot at winning a life-changing gold. There is no one better than Jennifer Iacopelli when it comes to providing a realistic glimpse into the lives of elite athletes while crafting a romance chock full of heartbreak and hard work.'
Sarah Henning, author of Throw Like A Girl

'A deliciously readable stay-up-all-night look into the world of professional ice dancing. With sparkling banter and a shippable couple (or two or three) Finding Her Edge is a perfect mix of sports drama and romance. I couldn't put it down!'
Cameron Lund, author of The Best Laid Plans

'Iacopelli combines the high-stakes, high-pressure world of elite ice dancing with a romance (or two!) that will leave readers swooning and ready to grab their skates to hit the ice!'
Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

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North American: Penguin Random House / Razorbill
German: HarperCollins

Nansubuga Isdahl

Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl writes stories for young people.

Her recent books include BEYONCÉ Knowles-Carter (Oct 2020) and NELSON Mandela (Feb 2021) - both part of the First Names series of biographies for middle grade readers published by David Fickling Books.

She draws inspiration from her work in global development and the creative and cultural industries, her Ugandan heritage, and the very magic of writing itself. Born and raised on the East Coast of the United States, Nansubuga currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children.

Before she was an international superstar and feminist icon, Beyoncé was a girl from Texas who loved to sing and dance.

As a member of Destiny’s Child, she climbed the charts and became a member of one of the most famous girl groups in history. This launched Beyoncé into her solo career, and since then, she’s become an unstoppable force in music and pop culture.

Beyond music, she is a successful businesswoman and activist who helps bring issues of race and gender into the global conversation.

Empowering and inspirational, Beyoncé tells the story of the woman who showed that girls can run the world. It includes a timeline, glossary, and index.

First Names is a highly illustrated nonfiction series that puts readers on a first-name basis with some of the most incredible people in history and of today!

Reviews to come

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World: David Fickling Books
US: Abrams

Before he was the first Black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) was a boy with a traditional Thembu upbringing. He went on to study law and become involved with African nationalist politics. 

The government had established an apartheid (a system of segregation that privileged white people), and Mandela worked to overthrow this system. He was arrested, accused of treason, and thrown in jail.

When he was released, Mandela ne