HCG to publish Raúf's 'game changing' non-fiction debut next spring

HCG to publish Raúf's 'game changing' non-fiction debut next spring

Hachette Children’s Group has acquired Onjali Q Raúf's first non-fiction title Hope on the Horizon, to be published on the Wren and Rook imprint in spring 2022.

Hope on the Horizon will draw from Raúf's activism and charity work and will "furnish an entire generation with the skills they need to make the world a better place". The publisher said: "Raúf's bestselling fiction has always tackled today’s issues with humour and heart—her non-fiction will empower children to tackle some of those very issues themselves."

Laura Horsley, editorial director of Wren and Rook, acquired world rights (excluding US) from Silvia Molteni at PFD. Horsley said: "Onjali Q Raúf is an inspiration: from her fiction that bursts with humanity, kindness and compassion, to her extensive charity, human rights and volunteer work. We’re completely thrilled to be publishing her first work of non-fiction and after the past few years we’ve had, it’s timelier than ever. Full of Onjali’s signature empathy and accessibility, this handbook is a game changer for any child that has ever felt hopeless."

Raúf added: "Children have a terrific sense of fair-play and justice—when I’m in schools talking about the plight and experiences of refugees, or the homeless, they’re always desperate to know what they can do to help. This beautiful, unquestioning compulsion to help complete strangers has always filled me with hope and awe, and I hope Hope on the Horizon will help them amplify, channel and utilise that wonderful quality to make a world they can be proud of."

Raúf has published three titles with Orion Children's Books. Her debut, The Boy at the Back of the Class (2018), won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and a Blue Peter Book Award. Her subsequent books, The Star Outside My Window (2019) and The Night Bus Hero (2020), have sold more than 70,000 copies combined, the publisher said.