We are delighted to announce that we have acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Asking for a Friend by Kate Mallinder, author of Summer of no Regrets, from Hannah Sheppard at the D H H Literary Agency, publishing in paperback on 21 May 2020. Asking for a Friend is a feel-good friendship story following three school friends over the Easter holidays as they confront their fears, including loneliness, fear of illness and social media bullying, in a character-driven story about valuing the friends who value you. Agnes, Hattie and Jake travel on the school bus together, but don’t know each other well. They plan a week in Weston-super-Mare, as a ‘study break’ before exams, but none of them admit the real reasons they need to get away. Agnes must find her sister. Hattie can’t bear being home now all her friends have ghosted her. And Jake is afraid he’s ill and has absolutely no idea how to tell anyone. In one amazing week, they’ll risk their lives, face their fears and find themselves. Kate says: ‘I’m thrilled that my second book, Asking for a Friend, is being published by the fantastic Firefly Press team. I’ve loved writing new characters and can’t wait for readers to meet Agnes, Hattie and Jake.’ Firefly editor Janet Thomas says: ‘We are so excited to have a new book from Kate on the Firefly Press list. Asking for a Friend is a hugely entertaining, character-driven story about how friends can be found in surprising places, and how they can help you face your greatest fears.’ Kate Mallinder lives with her husband, four children and two cats near Ashby- de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire. She grew up in Solihull and went to college in Leeds. If left to her own devices, she’d live on a window seat with a good book and a never-ending cup of tea. Her first book, Summer of No Regrets, was published by Firefly in May 2019 and was shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Awards 2019. Kate is a regular at YA festivals and chaired a panel at YALC 2019. Find out more at www.katemallinder.co.uk and follow her on Twitter @KateMallinder. Praise for Summer of no Regrets: ‘Bucketloads of summer fun… warm, funny, utterly delightful story about friendship, taking chances, and living life to the full!’ Simon James Green ‘A perfect summer read to share with your best friends.’ Keris Stainton ‘Summer of no Regrets is a complete page turner … I loved spending summer with the gang!’ Jenny McLachlan ‘A wonderful summery, happy-ending story about friendship. I raced though it.’ Perdita Cargill