Rights were acquired by Carmen McCullough, Commissioning Editor at PRH Children’s, for publication in March 2020. Carmen said: “Working with Manjeet, from the WriteNow scheme through to the final manuscript, has been a very special and inspiring experience. It is so rare to find an author as talented as Manjeet – she has written a story that is powerful, vital and relevant. We could not be more delighted to be publishing Run, Rebel – I can’t wait for you to meet Amber Rai and join the rebellion.”
Manjeet was equally thrilled: “Working with Carmen on Run, Rebel has been an absolute privilege. It is with her guidance and unwavering enthusiasm for the story, that I was able to complete the manuscript with as much truth and grit as I could manage. I am thrilled that Run, Rebel is going to be published, the last two years have gone by very quickly and I cannot wait to share Amber’s story of love, hope and rebellion.”
Run, Rebel will appeal to fans of Sarah Crossan, Rupi Kaur and Elizabeth Acevedo. It tells the story of Amber…
On the track is the only time Amber feels completely free. Running takes her far away from her claustrophobic home life where her father wants her to be a dutiful daughter, waiting for an arranged marriage like her sister Ruby.
Running is a quiet rebellion. But Amber wants to live and love on her own terms – and she’s ready to fight for it.
It’s time for a revolution.
Manjeet is an actress, playwright, screenwriter and director. She was an associate artist at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre and is an alumna of the Soho Writers Lab. Her plays Flying Solo, Whispers and A Dangerous Woman have toured the UK, and her first short film The Link was commissioned by the BBC Writers Room. Manjeet is the founder of Run the World – an organisation that works with women and girls from marginalised backgrounds and helps to empower them through sport and storytelling. She lives in Kent.