Nosy Crow is to release an anthology of “inspiring words and what they mean to us” for young readers, compiled by long-time Sunday Times children’s book reviewer Nicolette Jones. The collection, Writes of Passage: Words to Read Before You Turn 13, will have over 100 pieces of writing “from Shakespeare to Stephen Hawking; Greta Thunberg to Galileo; and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow senior commissioning editor and business development manager, bought world rights for Jones’ selections and commentary in all languages from Abi Sparrow at SP Agency. Nosy Crow also acquired world English language rights for the use of all of the material within the collection. The book will be published in May 2021.
Bonnick said: “Working with Nicolette on this book has been such a joy... this is a wonderful collection, curated with brilliant care and attention, and I can’t think of a better book for the present time: it is filled with words that will inspire, comfort, challenge, and cheer us all.”
In addition to her two decades as Sunday Times children’s reviewer, Jones has been a writer and broadcaster, is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and was a nominee for the 2012 Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding service to the world of children’s books.