YouTube gaming star Ali-A’s first book will be published by Puffin and Random House Children’s Books US.
The graphic novel, Game on!, is an action adventure for ages nine and above, to be published on 19th October in the UK and October 14th in the US.
Head of Puffin UK acquisitions and TV development Rich Haines signed a one-book deal with OP Talent for world rights to publish Ali-A’s first book. Michelle H Nagler, associate publishing director for Random House Children’s US, will oversee publication in America.
“A lifelong fan of adventure stories”, the British vlogger, otherwise known as Alistair Aiken, has worked closely with a creative team including best-selling author Cavan Scott and artist Alek Sotirovski on the title.
Haines said: “We are hugely excited to be partnering up with Ali on this book. He has brought a huge amount of creative ideas and energy to this project and I’m sure it’s something that his fans will love.”
Ali-A says: “I’m really excited to be publishing my book with Penguin Random House – it’s going to be so much fun. A graphic novel is going to be great for my audience. Hopefully it will make anyone who hasn’t read a book in a while pick up my book and start reading. I’m excited to share it. I cannot wait for it to come out.”
Ali-A has two Guinness World Records, and one of the fastest growing channels on YouTube – he has more than 13 million subscribers and 2.5 billion views across his two channels. He has been vlogging about video games since 2009.