CELEBRATIONS, October 2019

As the full moon approaches and we begin to carve our pumpkins, B B Taylor takes us into October with a ghoulish laugh and a cackle, to bring you this month's SCBWI celebrations and new releases. May your October bring you magic and adventure! 

New Releases 

Chitra Soundar first read Gandhi's The Story of My Experiments with Truth when she was ten years old, so when she got the chance to write his biography last year she jumped at the chance. The Extraordinary Life of Mahatma Gandhi, which is now out and available illustrated by Dàlia Adillon, is published by Puffin. 

Being invited to retell Charlotte Brontë's classic, Jane Eyre, for Hodder Education's Rising Stars Reading Planet reading scheme was like a dream come true for long-time SCBWI volunteer and middle grade author, Ally Sherrick. 'Jane' is Ally's all-time favourite book and it gave her the perfect excuse, in between writing her own books for Chicken House, to sit out in the garden last summer and while away the hours reading it again. Why not grab your copy now and see the gorgeous illustrations by Ria Maria Lee.

Coming Soon 

We are RIDICULOUSLY excited for fellow Scoobie Catherine Emmett whose debut, King of the Swamp has been announced! Due out in August 2020 with publisher Simon & Schuster it features the very talented Ben Mantle’s artwork which, as ever, out of this world! JUST LOOK AT IT! We can't wait to join them in the swamp for this fantastic adventure. 

New member Kate Thompson has reason to be excited as debut picture book, Superheroes Don’t Get Scared, is going to be illustrated by the amazing Clare Elsom and published in Autumn 2020 by Upside Down Books, a brand new children’s mental health and well-being imprint of Trigger Publishing.

Marisa Noelle is looking forward to winter as the release of her book approaches. The Unadjusteds hits our shelves on November 1st 2019 and is published by Write Plan. Follow the journey of sixteen-year-old Silver Melody who lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. 

Simon & Schuster Children's UK has scored Alex English’s first middle grade series, which promises “a world bursting with imagination and wonder”. Lucy Rogers, senior commissioning editor, acquired World English rights to the two books from Thérèse Coen at Hardman & Swainson. Sky Pirates: Echo and the Great Beyond will publish in July 2020, with the second novel in the deal to follow in 2021.


Catherine Ward has every reason to be jumping over the moon this month as she was was signed by Lucy Irvine, PB agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop in August as part of the first look deal between PFD and The Golden Egg Academy Picture Book Programme. We can't wait to see what she has in store for us!

Have you got a new agent? Don't be shy, let us know so we can celebrate with you too! 

*All images courtesy of authors mentioned above. 


Have you got good news to share? New book? New agent? Award nominee or winner? Are you a new member? Say hi and let us know. Why not send an email over with your good news at celebrations@britishscbwi.org, a picture and any links so we can celebrate too :) 

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