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Puffin to publish Katie Kirby’s debut children’s book

We are thrilled that the debut children’s book by Katie Kirby, parenting blogger and bestselling author of Hurrah for Gin, will be published by Puffin.

The Reinvention of Lottie Brooks will be out in paperback in March 2021. Described as “Louise Rennison for the Dork Diaries generation,” it follows 11 ¾-year-old Lottie as she navigates the challenges of growing up.

Hi, I’m Lottie Brooks. I’m starting high school without my best friend, who has most inconveniently moved to the other side of the world. Which is TERRIFYING! Especially because I am…well…not unpopular…just a bit ‘meh.’

THE PLAN: I am going to reinvent myself over the summer and become a new person! More confident and that sort of thing, maybe I could even be in the popular gang?! Or…maybe I’d settle for just flying under the radar and having someone to eat lunch with so I don’t have to stuff sandwiches into my mouth as quickly as possible and hide in the toilets for the rest of break.

I’ll let you know how I get on and if anyone can actually look past my potatoness, skinny legs and complete lack of social skills…we’ll see.

It really would help if I could grow boobs before then, too.

Carmen McCullough, commissioning editor at Puffin, bought UK and Commonwealth rights to two titles from Chloe Seager.

McCullough said: “I have been a huge fan of Katie’s for years, so I am beyond thrilled that Puffin will be launching her first children’s book! Katie has a natural gift for finding the humour in the everyday challenges we all face. This makes her the perfect person to tackle the perils of puberty in this brilliant new series that will make you laugh, cry, squirm and smile. I wish this book had existed when I was 11 ¾!”

Kirby added: “When I first started thinking about writing for children I had no doubt that I wanted to cover the strange and confusing tweenage stage and all the awkwardness and humour that comes alongside first crushes, bra shopping, friendship fails and shaving your legs. I can’t wait to bring Lottie to life and I hope young girls everywhere will find comfort and solidarity in her triumphs and mishaps.”

Seager said: “Given the success of Katie’s hysterical Hurrah for Gin, it’s no surprise that her debut children’s novel has a rare, natural laugh-out-loud voice. Lottie Brooks is a character that will resonate with pre-teens everywhere and I am delighted that Katie and Lottie have found their perfect home with Puffin.”

Katie Kirby is the writer and illustrator of the popular blog ‘Hurrah for Gin,’ and the author of Sunday Times bestselling books Hurrah for Gin and, most recently, Reluctant Adult. She lives in Brighton in the UK with her husband and two young boys.

Congratulations, Katie – we know these books are going to be a hit with children all around the world!