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Patrice Lawrence - Author

About the Author

A World Book Day Author 2019

Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. Patrice lives in east London and shares a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum 'n' bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can't help creeping into her books. Her debut novel, Orangeboy, won the Waterstone's Book Prize for Older Readers and the YA Book Prize, and her second novel, Indigo Donut, won the Crime Fest Best Crime Fiction for Young Adults and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize.

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Joyful, Joyful Stories Celebrating Black Voices

Joyful, Joyful Stories Celebrating Black Voices

Author: Patrice Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2022

A colour-illustrated collection of stories and poems celebrating joy, showcasing 40 talented Black writers and artists from across the world. Curated by Waterstone's Children's Book Prize winner Dapo Adeola, with a foreword by the acclaimed Patrice Lawrence. Joyful, Joyful is a book to sing about! A large hardback packed full of illustrations, Joyful, Joyful: Stories Celebrating Black Voices makes the perfect gift. With stories featuring a mythical whale, a message from the future, a Halloween dance competition, a talking book, a miraculous discovery in a moment of lost hope, the joy of jollof rice and much more. Colourful and beautifully illustrated, with artwork from an array of talented illustrators including Ken Wilson Max, Dapo Adeola, Dorcas Magbadelo, Odera Igbokwe and Denzell Dankwah, alongside stories and poems by the likes of Malorie Blackman, Alex Wheatle, Faridah Abike-Iyimide and Dorothy Koomson. These short stories and poems are perfect for readers of 11+, but can be read by all ages. Contributors include: Adejoke 'Joke' Bakare Alex Wheatle Arantza Pena Popo Ashley Evans Awuradwoa Afful Camilla Sucre Camryn Garrett Charis JB Dapo Adeola Denzell Dankwah Dorcas Magbadelo Doreen Baingana Dorothy Koomson Faridah Abike-Iyimide Funmbi Omotayo Hannah Lee Jeffrey Boakye Jess Nash Kelechi Okafor Ken Wilson-Max Kofi Ofosu Koleka Putuma Maame Blue Malorie Blackman Matilda Feyisayo Ibini Michael Kennedy Nathan Bryon Odera Igbokwe Ojima Abalaka Olu Oke Patrice Lawrence Rahana Dariah Robyn Smith Rosaline Tella Sharna Jackson Snalo Ngcaba Terrence Adegbenle Tomekah George Tracey Baptiste Trish Cooke Yasmin Joseph Zaire Krieger The love, defiance, laughter, joy and power in these pages will leave readers feeling hopeful about their future and strong enough to fight for it.

The Elemental Detectives

The Elemental Detectives

Author: Patrice Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2022

A stunningly imagined, action-packed fantasy adventure for fans of Nevermoor, Neverwhere and Mortal Engines, from bestselling and award-winning author Patrice Lawrence. A beautifully written book, bristling with magic, set in an ancient London filled with dragons, ghosts, water spirits, and a mysterious, creeping sleeping-sickness that must be fought by the brave young heroes. I loved it. Cressida Cowell, Children's Laureate & author of How to Train Your Dragon Step into a London lit up by the Elemental spirits: the fiery Dragons, the airy Fumis, the watery Chads and the earthbound Magogs. But humans have been causing chaos for centuries, trampling through the landscape trailing noise, mess and pollution. What if the Elements could slow down this new world... or stop it all together? The revenge-fuelled Shepherdess, who moves between the everyday and the supernatural London worlds, is the perfect weapon. She brings a sleeping sickness down on the city with the destruction of society in her sights. Marisee and Robert are the Elemental Detectives chasing the clues to avoid catastrophe: they must face the ghosts of Hyde Park, the monstrous coiled snake of the Serpentine, and a whole host of other fantastical creatures in their mission to stop the Shepherdess and prevent London slumbering for all eternity... Big, bold, future classic storytelling for a new generation. A London where magic sparks just beneath the surface - this book is set to ignite young imaginations. The page-turning, empowering, heart-racing first book in a major new series. MORE PRIASE FOR ELEMENTAL DETECTIVES I loved reading about a re-imagining of London with so much invention and energy. The world-building is well...out of this world. Patrice Lawrence is amongst the greatest voices for young people writing today. I'm honoured to be a peer of hers. - Alex Wheatle, author of Cane Warriors BRILLIANT... history and fantasy woven magnificently into a thrilling, magical adventure - Sophie Anderson, author of The House with the Chicken Legs A fantastic adventure, packed with rich world building and stunning elemental magic. -Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart Wow - The Elemental Detectives is a cracking fantasy. Clever, inventive, and pacy, with wonderfully drawn characters and a breathless plot. I want to read more! -Bali Rai, author of Mohinder's War The Elemental Detectives is a rip roaring magical adventure... Patrice Lawrence has done a marvellous job of building an imaginative and creative mythology which lurks just under the city streets. Catherine Johnson, author of Freedom The Elemental Detectives is a richly imagined, inventive and immersive fantasy adventure. - L. Norry, author of Son of the Circus

Our Story Starts in Africa

Our Story Starts in Africa

Author: Patrice Lawrence Illustrator: Jeanetta Gonzales Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2022

When Paloma goes to visit her family in Trinidad, she doesn't feel that she fits in. But Tante Janet has a story to tell her: An ancient story of warrior queens and talking drums, of treasures and tales that span thousands of years... a story that Paloma shares in, because her story starts in Africa, too.. Join Tante and her inquisitive niece as they share the story of how her family came to the Caribbean, through the dark days of colonization and slavery, to the emergence of a thriving, contemporary community of many faces, places and successes.

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