Aisha Bushby signs with Egmont

Aisha Bushby signs with Egmont

Egmont has acquired two books by Aisha Bushby, one of the winners of the Stripes BAME anthology competition.

Bushby will pen two middle-grade titles for Egmont: A Pocketful of Stars, about a girl who finds out about her family in 1980s Kuwait, due for release in June 2019, and a second as yet untitled novel in 2020.

Fiction commissioning editor Liz Bankes bought world English language rights from Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge & White.                       

A Pocketful of Stars is funny, magical and heartbreaking – and its author is a future star of children’s books,” said Bankes. “We’re thrilled to be welcoming the ridiculously talented Aisha Bushby to Egmont. We know her voice will really connect widely with middle-grade readers, and represent the world they see around them (with an extra sprinkle of magic).”

Bushby was one of four new authors selected to write a story for A Change is Gonna Come, an anthology of stories by BAME writers published by Stripes last year. The anthology will be presented with a YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award by The Bookseller in May.