Acquisition Announcement: ‘Keisha Jones’ by Natalie Denny, illustrated by Chanté Timothy
Posted in Acquisition Announcement on Fri, 3 March at 9.35 am
Little Tiger has acquired world rights for new series, ‘Keisha Jones’ by debut author Natalie Denny, illustrated by Chanté Timothy
Keisha Jones is an appealing and timely series with a fearless black girl at its heart. Keisha is an empowering role model who’s itching to stand up to the world.
Funny and engaging and vibrantly illustrated by Chanté Timothy, the series is written in first-person and has an interactive page design, incorporating letters, emails and texts.
Jane Harris, Associate Publisher at Little Tiger, acquired world rights from Chloe Seager at Madeleine Milburn and Charlie Moyler, Art Director at Little Tiger, acquired illustration rights from Lydia Silver at Darley Anderson.
Keisha Jones Takes on the World is the first book in the series and publishes in August 2023 and is ideal for newly independent readers.
Brimming with ideas and passion, Keisha’s determined to stamp down injustices and stand up for what she believes … even if it does lead to a spot of trouble!
When Grandpa Joe tells Keisha about Great Aunt Bee, who was a lawyer and an activist, Keisha is determined to follow in her footsteps. Forming the Bee Squad, she enlists her friends KD and Paisley to help put an end to inequality. Soon they have their first cause.
Keisha is incensed to discover that her local pet shop is selling male rabbits for more than female rabbits. It’s time to takes matters into her own hands and stand up for rabbits’ rights!
Jane Harris, Associate Publisher who acquired the series said:
“Working with Natalie on Keisha Jones has been a total joy. Natalie has created a warm, funny character fizzing with personality and brimming with ideas (some of which are wonderfully outlandish!). Keisha’s indomitable spirit and sense of justice shine through in every scene and her escapades are sure to delight young readers. Chanté Timothy’s bold and expressive illustrations are a perfect fit and bring Keisha’s world to life brilliantly. Little Tiger Fiction are over the moon to welcome Natalie and Chanté to the list, and we can’t wait to introduce readers to the force of nature that is Keisha Jones!”
Natalie Denny said:
“Introducing pint sized activist, Keisha Jones, and her wild and wonderful ways to young readers is a dream come true! Keisha is a whirlwind of fun and mischief with a heart of gold; passionate about making the world a better place. I am so excited about working on this fantastic series with Little Tiger and where Keisha’s journey may take us!”
Chanté Timothy said “I’m looking forward to everyone experiencing a whole host of expressive characters, especially Keisha who I think will inspire critical thinking and bring a smile to faces.”
Keisha Jones Takes on the World publishes in August 2023, followed by book 2 in 2024, entitled Keisha Jones is a Force of Nature.
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Author: Natalie Denny
Illustrator: Chanté Timothy