Authors

Kelly and Zoey Allen
(Our Transitional Life)

Dina Al-Sabawi

Hannah Camacho

Ryan Crawford


Alex Falase-Koya

Niyla Farook

Kereen Getten

Gina Gonzales


Gavin Gray

Sarah Guillory

Ravena Guron

Radiya Hafiza


Anika Hussain

Jennifer Iacopelli

Nansubuga Isdahl

Samantha Joyce


Richard Mercado

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


Niyla Farook


Niyla Farook was born and raised in a city in West Yorkshire although, to her dismay, it’s nowhere near the actual Shire. Her inability to locate The Shire is most definitely the reason for her imagination. When she’s not writing, she works as a pharmacy professional and enjoys reading, gaming and watching an unhealthy number of movies.

Niyla's pronouns are she/her.


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 UKLA Book Award 2022

Longlisted for the Our Best Book Award 2022

Nominated for the Massachusetts Children's Book Award 2021

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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.'
Booktrust

'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.'
BookTrust

‘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


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.'
Waterstones.com, 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

Nominated for the 21-22 South Carolina Book Awards


'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.'
Booklist

'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

Rights sold

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.



'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

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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 negotiated an end to the apartheid and was elected president. Though he was a controversial figure at the time, he is now seen as an iconic advocate for democracy and social justice. 

Inspiring and informational, Nelson Mandela tells the story of one of the greatest politicians and revolutionaries. 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!



'The narrative includes context about the history of colonization of South Africa and the racial structure of the society, allowing readers to gain an understanding of Mandela’s life. This extensively researched and passionately told biography is an incredible resource. '
Kirkus, starred review

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World: David Fickling Books
US: Abrams


Samantha Joyce

Sam (rarely Samantha) hails from Toronto, Canada. She's wanted to be an author since she picked up her first book and realized authors get to create new worlds with just a pen and paper (or laptop, if you will). When not writing or at her day job, she can usually be found either singing and dancing on stage in local musicals, baking fancy cakes, or at home watching geeky television shows with her husband.

Sam's pronouns are she/her.


Richard Mercado

Richard Mercado is an illustrator and comic artist from the Philippines, currently based in Savannah, Georgia. His recent graphic novel, Nang Mainlove Ako Sa Isang Sakristan (That Time I fell in Love with an Altar Boy) is published by Silaw Publishing. He has worked as an assistant editor for the Kommunity Anthology.

He has published works for publications such as CNN Philippines, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, and TEAM Magazine. He has exhibited in Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's Tinker Tales.

He graduated BFA Information Design in Ateneo de Manila University in 2017. He is currently taking an MFA in Sequential Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design.

See his artwork here.

Richard's pronouns are he/him.


Samuel Pollen

Samuel grew up in Cheshire and now lives in London. He’s a writer, runner, crocheter and serial dog-botherer who recently ran the London Marathon for the first time, completing it in under three and a half hours. He works as a copywriter and in his spare time photographs his fiancée’s cookery creations, and writes teen and YA novels.

His debut book for young readers, The Year I Didn’t Eat, was published in 2019 by Little Bee (US) and Zuntold (UK). It was chosen by The Guardian and The Telegraph as one of the best books of 2019, and won the 2020 Lancashire Book of the Year award – one of the few children’s book prizes judged entirely by young people.

Samuel's pronouns are he/him.


14-year-old Max only has one person he can really talk to. Her name is Ana - also known as anorexia, his eating disorder. Max writes to Ana every day. She feeds on his fears, encouraging him to lose more and more weight.

For Christmas, Max gets an unusual present from his older brother Robin: a geocache. He hides it in the forest near their house, thrilled by the anonymity it gives him. Anyone can leave Max a note - and soon, he gets one from the mysterious `E'. Could it be the Evie, the new girl at school, playing tricks on him?

In the midst of a family crisis, Max's eating disorder quickly deteriorates. Ana pulls him further and further away from his family and friends, until he feels totally alone. Can anyone help him find a way out?

Drawing on debut author Samuel Pollen's own experiences, this is an unforgettable, uplifting story of one boy's battle with anorexia.


Lancashire Book of the Year 2020


“Pollen writes from the inside about anorexia, effectively communicating the feelings, obsessions, and difficulties Max experiences and making it clear that it is an equal-opportunity disorder. Readers will appreciate the raw and real portrayal of anorexia from a group often left out of the conversation.”
Kirkus, starred review

“Max is a thoughtful, appealing narrator to whom readers will relate, and his story brings attention to an illness most commonly associated with girls and older teens or adults. This no-holds-barred, debut novel based on the author’s own experiences as a tween will be a significant addition to any library’s middle-grade or teen collection.”
Booklist, starred review

“A super engaging novel about a boy with anorexia. I stormed through it.”
Alice Oseman, author of Loveless

“Sensitive and heartfelt from the first sentence.”
Lara Williamson, author of Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy

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North American: Little Bee Books
UK: ZunTold
Romanian: Gama
Slovakian: Albatros


Ryan Robinson

Ryan is an author-illustrator who has been working as a Creative at Cartoon Network for nearly 10 years. He loves creating fun worlds and vibrant characters, and writes MG which he also illustrates.

Ryan lives in London with his wife, moody cat and lovely son.

Ryan's pronouns are he/him.


Elizabeth Rounding

Elizabeth Rounding grew up in rural East Yorkshire and, because nothing ever happens there, quickly developed a love of reading and writing stories. She has a degree in Modern Languages and Politics, and a Masters in Intercultural Studies. She uses her passion for people and cultures every day in her work as a university study abroad officer. She currently lives in the West Yorkshire countryside, right next to the Yorkshire Moors and Brontë Country. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth can usually be found walking along the canal or curled up with a good book.

Elizabeth's pronouns are she/her.


Kelly Sharpe

Kelly Sharpe spent ten years fulfilling one of her childhood dreams of being a professional wrestling tag team alongside her twin sister, wrestling in the UK and US as The Blossom Twins. She is now a teaching assistant where she spends a good portion of her time listening to children read while dreaming up stories. When she's not writing, Kelly loves nothing more than curling up with a book and an afternoon espresso or catching up with the latest wrestling news with her husband.
She recently picked up another of her childhood passions, rollerblading, and now looks forward to weekly visits to the skatepark with her sisters.

Kelly's pronouns are she/her.


Cynthia So

Cynthia So was born in Hong Kong and lives in London. They graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Classics. Their work has appeared in several speculative fiction magazines, including Uncanny, GlitterShip, and Anathema. They are also one of the new voices in Proud, an anthology of LGBTQ+ YA stories, poems, and art by LGBTQ+ creators, published by Stripes in March 2019.

Their debut YA novel, If You Still Recognise Me, will be published by Little Tiger Group in June 2022.

Cynthia's pronouns are they/them.


Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is a writer and dreamer of many things. As well as writing books, Chitra is a speaker, oral storyteller and toe-dipper in writing for the small screen. Her stories are inspired by her close-knit family, her growing up in India filled with epics and folktales, play-acting and her travels around the world. Chitra has performed in literary festivals across the UK, US and around the world, telling stories and introducing the magic of writing stories to children everywhere.

Chitra’s pronouns are she/her.


Being a big sister to a new baby brings big responsibilities.

Sona Sharma's house is full of people who joke often and argue sometimes. Relatives come unannounced, the phone rings frequently and friends drop in all the time.

Then one day Amma tells Sona she is going to have a baby. Is that good? Sona isn't sure – she has always enjoyed being an only child – and straight away she has a word with her best friend, Elephant.

When Sona learns that there will be a baby naming ceremony, she is determined to find the perfect name for her new brother or sister.

Because although she realizes that her life is about to change, and while she's having some difficulty in coming to terms with having to share everything with the new baby – including Amma and Appa, her grandparents and her home – Sona Sharma wants to be the very best big sister she can be.


A Junior Library Guild selection


'The book features a highly accessible story about transitioning from being an only child to a sibling, and it depicts well-developed, positive relationships among members of three generations, all of whom burst with personality. A charming story about becoming a big sister.'
Kirkus

'Warmly loving and evocative, for about five and up, Chitra Soundar’s Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister is a tender series of stories about Sona, unsure about sharing her parents when her baby sibling is born, and her delightful extended family, brought to life by Jen Khatun’s gentle images.'
The Guardian

'This is a warm story that will enchant readers and help them to reflect on their own family traditions as well as thinking about the importance of names and identity. Strongly recommended.'
The Letterpress Project

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World: Walker
US: Candlewick


Sona Sharma combats climate change.

When Sona learns about the climate crisis at school and is very worried that no one is doing enough to combat it, she takes up the challenge herself. But Appa isn't amused when Sona throws out her baby sister's nappies and Thatha isn't happy when she tells him to get rid of his colour-coded plastic files.

When Sona learns that many of the kolams – the traditional art that people draw in front of their homes to celebrate the winter months and the festival season – are not organic, she sets out to make some big changes by getting everyone involved.


Reviews to come

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World: Walker


Sindhu and Jeet are the best detectives in town: they solve all their cases with a dollop of observation, a dash of imagination and a whole load of legwork. And when they travel from India to England for a holiday, the detective work doesn't stop!


Reviews to come

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World: Bloomsbury


When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can't sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them, "You're safe with me."


Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019


'With its short, rhythmic text and its rich, embellished, shiny pages with animals, flowers, and trees just waiting to be discovered, this is a reassuring yet inventive bedtime book.'
Kirkus

'This simple story will comfort little ones and its soothing text will lull them to sleep. Accompanied with incredibly stunning and intricate illustrations, this picture book would make a great addition to the bedtime routine.'
BookTrust

'A captivating picture book that marries a lyrical and rhythmic story about bedtime fears with striking artwork inspired by Indian folklore.'
Books for Topics

'More superlative words like ‘ breathtaking’ and ‘enchanting’ were needed as I sat enjoying this book on a recent train journey and I almost missed my stop as I was so engrossed! The magic lies in the way in which the simple words combine with the exquisite illustrations to pull in the reader so that they feel as if they are actually inside the trees with the animals.'
The Letterpress Project

'You’re Safe With Me from Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry is the most beautifully illustrated, warm tale that we’ve come across in a long time.'
My Book Corner

'With the feel of a traditional tale, Chitra’s writing here is incredibly poetic, it’s such a pleasure to read, with just the right level of repetition to imprint the reassuring message of love and support, including clever ideas to explain the fears children have.'
Book Monsters Blog

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World: Lantana


At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. "Mama, what lies beyond here?" they ask. "Above us is a land of ice and snow." "What lies beyond the ice and snow?" they ask. "The ocean, full of ice from long ago." And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, "You're snug with me."


Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2020


'Parental love, sound ecological advice, and breathtaking illustrations all in one.'
Kirkus, starred review

'Soundar’s subtle but resonant pro-conservation message, interwoven with lulling refrains, is emphasised by Mistry’s blazing mandala-patterned illustrations.'
The Guardian

'I also think that this is a special picture book that deserves to be treasured as a bedtime favourite with younger children to inspire happy and imaginative dreams.'
The Letterpress Project

'As well as exploring the nurturing relationship between a mother and her cubs, this unusual and thought-provoking picture book gently reminds readers to respect and care for the environment.'
BookTrust

'Not only does this story focus on reassuring nervous and anxious children, encourages curiosity and conversation, but it also teaches children about the importance of respecting and protecting our beautiful world. It’s done in a subtle way so as not to take away from the loveliness of the story though. It is a gorgeously written picture book, easy to read, yet with a more grown up feel. There’s nothing childish about this children’s book.'
Book Monsters Blog

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World: Lantana


The rain clouds are long gone and the dry season scorches the land. Everything is new for the baby giraffe. As she bounds ahead and lags behind, her mother patiently explains the ways of the grasslands. And until she grows a little taller, older, and wiser, her mother reminds her: "You're strong with me."


'A book to excite children about animal life and reassure them of the lasting love from elders.'
Kirkus

'A focus on pattern and an abstract approach combine to give the impression that the book itself is part of the animal world, where senses are sharper and details, from stars in the sky to the patterns on a leaf, are more vivid.'
BookTrust

'This is a story that is perfect for sharing between a parent and child and would make a really special bedtime story.'
Books for Topics

'The book carries a simple but strong message - there’s a lot for the youngster to learn about the world, whether you’re a giraffe or a human child, and there’s plenty that can go wrong. The beauty of this book doesn’t just rely on the sensitivity and subtlety of the story and the words but on the stunning illustration and design.'
The Letterpress Project

'Chitra words are, as always, calming, flowing, gentle and reassuring. There is so much confidence in them but also a melody and rhythm that makes it a pleasure to read and the perfect bedtime story.'
Book Monsters Blog

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World: Lantana


Claire Tomasi

Claire Tomasi is a writer and cartoonist from New Jersey. She holds an MFA from California College of the Arts in Comics, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Art Education from Columbia University's Teachers College. When she isn't reading comics or doodling the day away, you can find her walking through NYC with her trusty dog, Ticket.

More of her work can be seen on her website and Instagram. She is also on Twitter. You can see her artwork here.

Available for graphic novels.

Claire’s pronouns are she/her.


Adelle Yeung

Adelle Yeung is a fantasy author, voice actor, and digital artist.

She can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. Adelle is a highly-sensitive, asexual millennial. Most of her work explores the confusion, despair, and stubborn hope that comes with such labels, often set in terrifying yet whimsical worlds.

Adelle’s pronouns are she/her.


Illustrators


Katie Cottle

Katie Cottle is a freelance illustrator and picture-book-maker based in Bristol. Originally from Swansea, Katie graduated from the Illustration course at the University of the West of England in 2017. She enjoys telling stories through drawing, and uses a variety of media, including a mix of traditional and digital techniques. She won first place in the 2017 Batsford Prize Children’s Book Illustration Award, and has been ‘highly commended’ for the previous three years for the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. She particularly enjoys using bright colours and drawing grumpy faces.

Her debut picture book The Green Giant was published in 2019 with Pavilion Books, and The Blue Giant followed in 2020, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021. More of her work can be seen on her website.

Available for picture books and covers.

Katie's pronouns are she/her.


You've met the Iron Giant, the Big Friendly Giant and the Selfish Giant. Now meet the Green Giant!

A young girl, Bea, and her dog, Iris, are staying with her grandad in the country. Bea is bored, but Iris's adventures lead them to the small and rusty old greenhouse next door. 

Inside the greenhouse, Bea finds... a giant. A giant made entirely of plants and greenery.

Bea is scared, but the giant reassures her and explains that he has escaped from the grey city. 

Bea and the giant become friends, but can they do anything to make the grey city, and the world, a greener place? 

A brilliant picture book that highlights our concern for the environment, greening our cities, guerrilla gardening and making the world a better place.


'A timely tale of unexpected friendship with strong ecological themes.'
The Bookseller

'A book whose illustrations will literally take your breath away… It is truly truly spectacular….'
The Book Bairn

‘A striking debut picture book with a jaunty illustrative style and a gorgeous colour palette of vibrant greens, oranges and ochres. A great story to promote discussion in class or at home and perhaps to encourage a spot of guerrilla gardening.’
Books for Keeps magazine

‘It takes someone like Katie Cottle’s The Green Giant to demonstrate the importance of the environment and making it a greener place for everyone to enjoy... A book to share, discuss and act upon.’
Red Reading Hub

'A timely tale, the vibrant illustrations and simple narrative create a magical feel to the power of nature to transform and shares how we can all make our world a better place.’
The Book Activist

‘Vibrant illustrations spring to life in a palette of fresh, zingy citrus colours and have a childlike quality to them that fits really nicely with the story.’
My Book Corner

‘A lovely story offering an important message about the wonder of green spaces and the magic of planting seeds and watching them grow … a fabulous book for sharing and promoting discussion.’
North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award

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World: Pavilion
German: Midas


Meera and her mum are enjoying a break at the seaside. Until...

...a creature emerges from the waves. It's a giant. A blue giant. It has a stirring plea to help clean up the ocean and save the sea creatures from the menace of plastic waste.

Meera and her mum agree to help. But they can't do it alone... can they?

A poignant and timely picture book that introduces children to the issues of pollution, waste management and the oceans, with suggestions of lifestyle changes to help the world become a better, cleaner place.


Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021


'This poignant and timely picture book gently introduces young children to the issues of pollution, waste and how it affects our oceans. A lovely way to encourage all of us to take care of our planet!'
Creative Steps

'Katie Cottle has created such a meaningful book about the plastic pollution affecting our oceans.The blue hues and underwater tones in this story are beautiful.'
Little Literary Society

'Delivers a powerful and timely message ... With its rich, painterly seaside and deep-sea scenes, this is very beautiful, and very memorable.'
Lovereading.co.uk

'The illustrations are pretty and the stories are fab… It really got my little ones thinking about litter and the impact it has on the environment and the animals surrounding.'
Maya's Moon Play

'This beautiful story gently introduces children to the compelling issue of rubbish in our seas ... perfect for using in school ... A delightful story full of lovely illustrations.'
NSTBA blog

'Katie’s illustrations are stunning, the story is lovely, the message is aimed at child readers not adults and the suggestions at the back of the book for how we can all play our part are brilliant and achievable.'
Picture Book Perfect

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World: Pavilion
German: Midas


When new boy Omar takes a slice of his mum’s honey cake to school for show and tell, he inadvertently sets in motion an exciting project that involves the whole class.

Omar’s grandpa used to keep bees and their teacher explains the vital role that these little creatures play in our food chain.

Maisie’s grandad is also a beekeeper, and she wonders if they could create a bee corridor of flowers from their school to his hive.


'The delightful illustrations are bright, cheerful and energetic, reflecting the enthusiasm of the characters to create something special.'
BookTrust

'Cottle’s images are a pop of spring sunshine, and the inclusion of a recipe for the honey cake featured in the tale is a lovely touch.'
The Observer

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World: Owlet Press


Arlo visited Nana every Sunday, and she would always have new sweets waiting for him inside a special jar. So when Arlo finds out Nana has passed away, he keeps the jar with him to feel safe and closer to his Nana. 

But as his sadness turns to anger, a storm builds inside the jar, until Arlo has enough – and smashes it open! What will happen when the storm rushes out?

A story that encourages children to talk about bereavement and anger, and explore ways to manage, embrace, and safely release them.

It also includes a science experiment, and a guide to make a ‘glitter jar’ to help with anger.


Reviews to come

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World: Owlet Press
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