Usborne acquires three more from Patel

Usborne acquires three more from Patel

Usborne has acquired three more books in Serena Patel's Anisha Mistry series.

The series was launched by Usborne in March 2020 with Anisha, Accidental Detective, which won the Sainsbury's Book Award. It was followed by School's Cancelled in September and the third in the series, Granny Trouble, will be published in July 2021.  

Commissioning editor Stephanie King acquired UK and Commonwealth rights rights to three more titles from agent Kate Shaw at The Shaw Agency. Book four in the series will be published in November 2021, followed by books five and six in 2022. 

The new titles will include more "madcap mystery stories" featuring the sensible, scientific Anisha Mistry, her best friend, animal-whisperer Milo, and Anisha’s huge, chaotic British-Indian family, says the publisher. Emma McCann will continue to illustrate the series. 

King commented: "Emma McCann’s inventive, inclusive illustrations bring such wit and energy to each book, and Serena’s voice literally leaps off the page, inviting you to be their new best friend. Everyone at Usborne is thrilled to call themselves an honorary member of the Mistry family."

Patel said: "In such a difficult year it’s been overwhelming to see how warmly the first two Anisha books have been received. I’ve loved hearing from readers who feel like Anisha’s family reflects their own and who’ve felt seen for the first time in a book. I’ve also enjoyed hearing how she’s given insight into a different culture and inspired readers to find out more."