Hilarious, Historical Middle-Grade Series Returns with ‘Olympic Athlete’ and ‘Samurai’

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MENDOTA HEIGHTS, MN, May 14, 2020 – Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE), is excited to announce the September 1, 2020, return of the Long-Lost Secret Diary series, a hilarious middle-grade series for readers ages 8-12. Author Tim Collins and illustrator Isobel Lundie are back with two new titles, The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Olympic Athlete and The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Samurai.

Each Long-Lost Secret Diary book puts readers inside the heads of hapless figures from history and present day struggling to carry out their roles while getting things horribly wrong. These accessible, irreverent stories will keep young readers laughing as they learn the importance of not being afraid to learn from one’s mistakes. Get Real fact boxes are featured throughout, as well as a glossary and additional back matter, providing historical context and background.

These new books in the series are 200 pages, 5″ x 7.8″ with a trade paperback binding ($9.99). Additional formats available include reinforced library binding (list: $28.50, school/library: $19.99), multi-user hosted e-book ($24.99), and single-user e-book ($9.99).

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Olympic Athlete

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Meet Alexander—a boy living in Athens, Greece, in 380 BC. The famous Olympic games are just around the corner, and he gets to go and assist one of Athens’ prized athletes. But when the athlete gets sick the day of his competition, can Alexander uncover the plot against Athens and prove himself a hero?

Publication date: September 01, 2020

 

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Samurai

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Meet Suki—a fourteen-year-old girl in sixteenth-century Japan. All she wants is to become a samurai warrior like her father and brother. But all her training attempts end in disaster. Yet when bandits threaten her village while the men are away at war, Suki is the only one left to stop them. Will she be able to save her village and prove herself a legendary samurai? 

Publication date: September 01, 2020

 

Additional Titles in Series
The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Astronaut
The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Dinosaur Hunter
The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Hollywood Director
The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Knight
The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Pirate
The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Tomb Hunter 

About the Author
Tim Collins worked as a copywriter in advertising before becoming a full-time author. He writes nonfiction books for adults and children’s fiction books, including books designed to appeal to reluctant readers. His work has been translated into 40 languages. His books have won numerous awards including the Manchester Fiction City award and the Lincolnshire Book award. He is originally from Manchester but now lives in London.

About the Illustrator
Isobel Lundie graduated from Kingston University in 2015 where she studied Illustration and animation. She has always been interested in how to make books interactive so children can lose themselves in the narrative. Having worked as an illustrator, she is particularly interested in how exciting, colorful, and distinctive artwork can transform stories for children.

About Jolly Fish Press and North Star Editions
Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, is dedicated to promoting exceptional, unique new voices in fiction. North Star Editions, Inc. publishes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages that inspires, informs, and entertains. For more information, visit jollyfishpress.com or northstareditions.com.

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