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PRINCESS BMX – Chicken House Press Release

Published by Chicken House ·  1 August 2019 · Paperback · £6.99 ·  7+ year olds

Meet Ava, a radical new princess who splits her time between the skateparks of Camden, London and her home in a magical kingdom. PRINCESS BMX is a funny debut for ages 7+ that brings the fairy tale bang up to date – get ready for some extreme adventurous fun!

Trust me, the fairy tales have it so wrong. Dingy towers and wicked step-mums are the least of my worries: it’s the boredom that will kill me. Honestly, apart from the endless supply of cupcakes, being a princess is pretty rubbish. I used to think about locking myself in a tower and throwing away the key. Thank the good goblin I discovered BMX. If it wasn’t for BMX, nothing would have changed …

PRINCESS BMX is Enchanted meets BMX! Follow Ava’s adventures as she travels from another world, finds her true talents in BMX and brings her brand-new powers back home. With black and white illustrations throughout by Flavia Sorrentino, young readers will delight in following Ava on her adventures with her dog, Jeb.

When Marie Basting was fifteen, she was told by a careers advisor that girls like her don’t become writers. For a long time, she believed this – but Marie finally came to realise that girls like her can do anything they want. Marie has an MA Creative Writing and is an experienced learning and development practitioner. She is an Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, supporting the development of writers and illustrators at all stages of their careers. She also provides creative writing tuition to both adults and children and is an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Met University. She lives in Manchester with her husband, son and a giant, hairy woo-dog called Polly. Princess BMX is her debut novel.

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For more info contact Laura Smythe on or 07881 555530


Media and Endorsements

Princess BMX shreds it!!! A magic land, secret portals, fantastical pets and a feisty princess who fights evil and catches some serious air? Bring it! I LOVED keeping up with Princess Ava on her twister track rollercoaster ride through Biscotti and the Other World. I can’t wait to see what adventures she has next!!!
Mo O’Hara, New York Times Best Selling Author

Listed in GEC Best Books 2019 – Compiled by our GEC Community of parents, teachers, authors (and kids!), a round up of the absolute best books out there for mashing Stereotypes.

Featured in WRD ABOUT BOOKS Ones to Watch List, Summer 2019

You’ll find more information about me and my debut journey at Words and Pictures Online Magazine.