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Black Girl Power – Celebrating Black Girlhood

A vibrant, heartwarming collection of 15 middle grade stories and poems that celebrates the joy, strength, and experience of Black girlhood, including stories from Ibi Zoboi, Sharon M. Draper, and Tọlá Okogwu. Coming to Disney Hyperion in November 2024.

Black girl power is…

Bringing your favorite stuffed animal to your first real sleepover. . .
Escaping an eerie dollhouse that’s got you trapped inside. . .
Making new friends one magical baked good at a time. . .
Finding the courage to dance to the beat of your own drum. . .

And more! From 15 legendary Black female authors comes a dazzling collection of stories and poems about the power we find in the everyday and the beauty of Black girlhood.

Future Hopes – New Climate Change Anthology

A compelling new MG anthology coming to Walker Books in March 2024, featuring a short story by Tọlá Okogwu.

Skyscraper farms. Insects for dinner. Guerilla gardening. Nine authors pose ingenious and thought-provoking solutions to the climate crisis in this anthology of climate fiction. Rooted in real-world science and technology, the stories offer a roadmap for a future where our planet can thrive. From a rewilding project with unexpected consequences to a rebellion against augmented reality, these wide-ranging stories will leave the reader feeling a little less powerless in the fight to save planet Earth.

Onyeka powers up for World Book Day!

Onyeka and the gang are back in a new World Book Day Book, Onyeka and the Secret Superhero.

Twelve-year-old Onyeka is enrolled at the Academy of the Sun, a school for superheroes called Solari. When she’s sent on a mission with her friends to investigate a series of freak weather incidents in a remote village, they aren’t expecting to find a top secret Solari with extraordinary superpowers. But is this new Solari friend or foe? There’s only one way for Onyeka to find out…

World Book Day’s mission is to change lives through a love of books and reading. Through their annual event in March – with its joy, celebration and fun – they encourage more children to read, and raise awareness of the difference reading makes to their lives. Children and young people can choose a World Book Day £1 book of their choice for FREE with their £1 book tokenWorld Book Day improves children’s life chances – particularly those growing up in disadvantage and inequality – by encouraging reading for pleasure.

Onyeka and the Academy selected for Booktrust Bookbuzz 2023

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun has been selected for inclusion in the Booktrust Bookbuzz programme for 2023. 

Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in 11 to 13-year-olds. Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to take home and keep from a list of 16 titles. They are all carefully selected by a panel of experts to ensure quality, suitability and to encourage reading for pleasure

To register your school or find out more, click below.

Onyeka and the Academy shortlisted for Children’s Fiction at the British Book Awards 2023

I’m so blessed to announce that Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun has been shortlisted for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Congratulations to the amazing books and authors also shortlisted.

Onyeka and the Academy longlisted for the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize 2023

The good news just keeps coming. It’s with great pleasure that I can reveal that Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun has been longlisted for the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize 2023. It is such a brilliant round up of some of the best books from last year and I’m so honoured that Onyeka has been included.

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