We’re very happy to report that Faber Children’s has signed Alexia Casale to a two-book deal! Announced in The Bookseller, the first title to be published will be the ‘kick-ass’ YA novel, SING IF YOU CAN’T DANCE. Due to be published in July 2023, here’s the synopsis…
When Ven starts losing her mobility in her teens, her dream of being a dancer is over before it starts. But Ven is unstoppable so, if she can’t dance, she’ll sing, whipping her hopeless school choir into shape and finding them an amazing gig to prove that life isn’t over just yet. An uplifting story of music and unexpected friendships that captures the breathlessness of first love and the seminal importance of hope.
Alice Swan, Faber Childrens Editorial Director, said, ‘SING IF YOU CAN’T DANCE is an #OwnVoices YA novel thrumming with personality and attitude. Ven, facing some serious challenges as her mobility is compromised by illness, leads the charge on putting her life, and herself, back together. She’s a feisty, sarcastic, brilliant character that readers will love. Alexia Casale has created such a strong, authentic voice and her exquisite writing sings off the page. We are so proud to be publishing this kick-ass book.’
Alexia Casale is represented by Kristina Pérez. ‘I’m thrilled that Alexia will once again be working with the expert team at Faber for the next phase of her YA career. Faber is the perfect home for her poignant and accomplished novels,’ she said.
Casale is also the author of THE BONE DRAGON and HOUSE OF WINDOWS, both of which have recently been published as audiobooks, by Tantor Media.