Today is  publication day for this debut middle grade fiction book, written by Rosie Jones expertly paired with our own amazing new illustration talent, Natalie Smillie. Natalie was thrilled to work on this title for Hachette Children's books with ace designer, Samuel Perrett.

Hachette desribe the book as "A sparky middle-grade series from TV comedian Rosie Jones. Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and DORK DIARIES." and funnily enough Rosie's childhood hero said this about the new book...

‘Fresh, funny and ultra cool’  Jacqueline Wilson

Hello! My name is Edie Eckhart and I’m eleven years old. I’m a little bit different. I have a disability called cerebral palsy, so I talk slowly and fall over a lot. It’s never really bothered me because I’ve never known anything else.

Edie Eckhart is Excited with a capital E to start secondary school with her best friend Oscar – the fish to her chips, the bananas to her custard. But when she and Oscar are put into different tutor groups on their first day, Edie is devastated. Who will play secret hangman with her in class? Who will she eat sausage rolls with?

But while she’s plotting her reunion with Oscar, she accidentally gets cast as the lead in the school play. As Edie discovers a passion for performance, she also finds new friendships, talents, and dreams. After all, it’s easy to shine on and off the stage when you’re Amazing with a capital A.

You can see more of the illustrations from the book on Natalie's portfolio

Rosie Jones is a comedian, writer and actor, best known for her work on TV and stand-up shows.

Natalie Smillie is a multi-talented illustrator and Mum, she can usually be found either scribbling furiously at the computer with a decent box set on in the background, or out in the garden supervising her digger obsessed son and stick obsessed dog.

Natalie Smillie The Amazing Edie Eckhart spot