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ROSIE JONES SIGNS TWO-BOOK DEAL WITH HACHETTE CHILDREN’S GROUP

Rosie Jones has signed a two-book deal with Hachette Children’s Group. Polly Lyall Grant, Commissioning Editor at HCG, acquired World Rights from Flo Howard at Off The Kerb. The first book, The Amazing Edie Eckhart, will publish on the Hodder Children’s Books imprint on the 5th August 2021.

Sparky, self-assured and secure in her own skin, Edie sparkles in this brand new upper middle-grade series written with humour and heart in diary form.

The Amazing Edie Eckhart series follows eleven-year-old Edie. Edie has Cerebral palsy, but she’s used to it because she’s spent her whole life being a bit wobbly. Edie can’t wait to start secondary school with her best friend Oscar and continue sharing sausage rolls with him at breaktime. But when Oscar scuppers these plans by getting his first ever girlfriend, GROSS, Edie eventually decides to stop feeling sorry for herself and find a boyfriend, so she can prove to Oscar she’s grown up too. She muses: ‘When Thor was stripped of his power and banished to Earth by Odin, did he mope around and throw his hammer out of the pram? No he got on with it, bossed around Earth and found love like an absolute legend.’ But while she’s plotting to get a boyfriend, she accidentally gets cast as the lead role in the school play. As Edie devotes her time to the performing arts, she finds a new friend, as well as talents – and feelings – she never knew she had. She soon realises that life in the spotlight might just be her thing after all…

Polly Lyall Grant, Commissioning Editor at Hachette Children’s Group, says: ‘I’ve been a huge fan of Rosie’s comedy for years and I was certain that Rosie would have a fantastic voice for character-led fiction. There isn’t nearly enough disability representation in children’s books, and I’m proud to be working with Rosie to launch a series with Edie Eckhart as the lead – she’s laugh-out-loud hilarious and has captured my heart. I can’t wait for readers to discover just how AMAZING she is.’

Rosie Jones commented: ‘I am so excited for the world to meet Edie! When I was younger, I inhaled books, and reading has always been my one true love. But I never saw myself in books. I never came across a character who was brilliant, funny, flawed and just happened to have a disability. That’s why I’ve written The Amazing Edie Eckhart. It is so important for children to know that being a little bit wobbly or different doesn’t stop somebody from achieving greatness!’

Rosie Jones is a British stand-up comedian, actor and script writer who has written for multiple TV panel shows and sitcoms. Rosie has always longed to be a children’s author and Jacqueline Wilson is her personal hero. Rosie’s writing is inspired by her own experiences of navigating a school with Cerebral palsy.

In the UK, about 150 children are diagnosed with Cerebral palsy every month according to Scope, and 17 million people worldwide live with the condition.

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