The Offline Diaries is a major new middle-grade fiction series from the authors of the ground-breaking Slay in Your Lane Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené.
Promising one of the most exciting middle-grade moments of the year, The Offline Diaries is a fresh, funny and contemporary story of friendship, told in the captivating voices of Ade and Shanice – two utterly unforgettable Year 8 girls – who will seize the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere.
Ade is about to start at a new school. She is NOT happy with her stepdad for making them move here. Shanice has been at the school for a year already. Since her mum died, she’s been living with her dad and annoying older brother, spending most of her time outside school in her dad’s hair salon. When Ade and Shanice meet in the salon, and spot each other’s diaries, an instant friendship is formed, and they start to chat online … but offline is a whole other story!
Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené said: ‘It’s been such an exciting process for us to bring Ade and Shanice to life. Navigating secondary school and friendships circles is such a significant part of all of our coming-of-age journeys and finding true friendships can really help shape who we become. It’s such a privilege for both of us to be able to create a world and characters inspired by this, and we hope to speak to and empower all young girls all over the world.’
Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award-winning journalist and author. She writes about race, feminism, popular culture and how they intersect, as well as class and politics. She has worked at ITN, Channel 4 News and the Pool as a senior writer and freelanced for Vogue, the Guardian and the Independent amongst others. In 2018 she was listed as one of most influential people in London by the Evening Standard. She was awarded journalist of the year by the Woman In Africa awards, named a Marie Claire Future Shaper and was awarded the Groucho Maverick.
Elizabeth Uviebinené is a multi-award- winning author and columnist at the Financial Times. She was named one of Ad Age’s 2021 Leading Women in Europe and one of the most influential people in London by the Evening Standard, as well as receiving a Groucho Maverick Award for being a ‘culturally progressive innovator, making the change’.
The Offline Diaries launches in hardback on the 28th April 2022, with full black-and-white illustrations throughout and simultaneous e‑book and audio publication.
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