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Debut novel by 23-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi will be turned into film trilogy by Fox 2000 in ‘seven-figure’ deal

BOOK AND FILM DEAL: Tomi Adeyemi

THE DEBUT novel by 23-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi has been bought by Fox 2000 for a ‘seven-figure’ sum, it was announced this week.

Described as ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ meets Black Lives Matter, Children of Blood and Bone, a trilogy which has not been published yet, is a West African fantasy novel cantered on protagonist, Zelie and her “magical adventure”.

Tomi’s book deal with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is also believed to be one of the biggest Young Adults debut novel publishing deals ever, Deadline Hollywood reports.

The Harvard graduate, who is Nigerian-American, says she writes to inspire the next generation of black.

On her website, she notes: “I want a little black girl to pick up my book one day and see herself as the star. I want her to know that she’s beautiful and she matters and she can have a crazy, magical adventure even if an ignorant part of the world tells her she can never be Hermione Granger.

“I want to give something to the world that I feel I missed out on as a child, and I want to help people of all races, ethnicities, and orientations understand that no matter what differences we may think we have, everyone is a human and everyone deserves to be respected and valued. I also write because I refuse to believe I will never have any magical powers and if I keep writing YA Fantasy I can keep that delusion up.”

Added to her many accomplishments, Tomi is a creative writing coach with a degree from Harvard University and is also the recipient of a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil.

There is no firm date on when the first instalment of Children of Blood and Bone will be available to purchase.

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