Middle-grade stories from performer and TV personality
Lauren Fortune at Scholastic has signed two books by performer and presenter Alesha Dixon. Scholastic has world rights through Lauren Gardner of Bell Lomax Moreton.
Dixon came to fame performing with Mis-teeq, before winning Strictly Come Dancing and going on to be a judge on the show. Numerous TV appearances have followed.
The novels star 10-year-old Aurora Beam, superhero and daughter of a superhero mother. Dixon said: "I am very excited about Aurora Beam and being able to create a strong female character who young girls and boys can hopefully be inspired by and look up to."
Fortune said: "It's high time we had a new girl superhero to root for in this middle-grade space - and Alesha has created such a stand-out character in Aurora Beam. Alesha brings her wit and warmth to the writing - and the set-up is full of appeal: all the classic tensions of superhero v super-villain with added family/friendship dynamics! We're so excited to be publishing Alesha - she’s a future star of the children's books world."
The first Aurora Beam novel is due in spring 2018.