Nikesh Shukla YA novels to Hodder

Rights - Children Thursday, 16 March 2017

Hodder Children's wins auction for award-winning Good Immigrant editor


Emma Goldhawk at Hodder Children's has won what is described as a hotly contested auction for two books by Nikesh Shukla. Hodder Children's has UK and Commonwealth rights through Julia Kingsford at Kingsford Campbell.

Shukla was the editor of The Good Immigrant, the Readers' Choice selection at the inaugural Books Are My Bag awards.

The first novel in the deal is Run (summer 2018), a YA thriller set on a council estate, with the action unravelling over the period of a single day. When two teens film the shooting of an unarmed black man by police, they find themselves hunted by the very people who should be protecting them.

Goldhawk said: 'Run is a timely story with relevant and important themes of youth helplessness, gentrification and police brutality. This is reality for many young people in the UK, and this book gives those kids a voice.'

Shukla said: 'Alongside my writing work, I edit a magazine called Rife, where we mentor young writers and filmmakers to tell their own stories in their own voices. I've been so inspired by the young people I work with that it made me realise that writing for them was something I really wanted to do. I didn't feel hugely represented growing up and I don't want that cycle to continue. Thanks to Hodder Children's Books for giving me a chance to write about young people of colour growing up today.'

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