Artichoke Hearts Tenth Anniversary Edition by Sita Brahmachari

Represented by:
Sophie Gorell Barnes

Children's, Fiction

Macmillan Children's Books

Publication date:
August 19, 2021

Foreign rights controlled by:

Foreign rights sold:

US rights to Albert Whitman – published as Mira in the Present Tense (
Slovakian and Czech rights to Slovart publishers
Indonesian rights to Ufuk Press
Portuguese language rights in Brazil to Editora RCB Ltda (Record)
Turkish language rights to Kelime Yayinlari
China - Tomorrow Publishing House

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Artichoke Hearts celebrates ten years in print and is released in this new updated edition by its original publishers Macmillan.

Twelve-year-old Mira comes from a chaotic, artistic and outspoken family where it’s not always easy to be heard. As her beloved Nana Josie’s health declines, Mira begins to discover the secrets of those around her, and also starts to keep some of her own. She is drawn to mysterious Jide, a boy who is clearly hiding a troubled past and has grown hardened layers – like those of an artichoke – around his heart. As Mira is experiencing grief for the first time, she is also discovering the wondrous and often mystical world around her.  An incredibly insightful, honest novel exploring the delicate balance, and often injustice, of life and death – but at its heart is a celebration of friendship, culture, and life.


Heart-healing, deeply enriching and utterly chaotic . . . Be ready to have this one stay with you. -
Onjali Q Raúf author of The Boy at the Back of the Class

From original edition
Daily Mail
"Brimming with emotional honesty, the voices of all the characters have an authenticity that allows the painful situations to be lightened by gentle humour... This is a brave and ambitious book that succeeds on every level. A wonderful debut from a new talent"

Children's Booksellers' Choice
"Wholly believable, funny and finally, heart - wrenchingly sad"