Be prepared to welcome the Halloween season this year with the ever so talented Sana Rasoul’s debut novel, The Twig Man, set to be released in October 2022! 

Indie publisher Hashtag Press have acquired the UK & Commonwealth rights to the middle-grade novel from literary agent Chloe Seger at Madeleine Milburn. Chloe said: “Sana’s middle-grade debut is truly spine-tingling and the kind of book kids will want to stay up late reading under the covers with a torch. I can’t wait for readers to meet Ari!”

Here’s a little more of what’s to come: 

Beware the Twig Man, the Twig Man’s hex. Beware the Twig Man, or you’ll be NEXT!  

It’s been a year since nearly-twelve-year-old Ari’s older sister, Lana, ran away. 

Except Ari knows what really happened. 

She was taken by the Twig Man, the creepy monster that’s haunted the woods for one hundred years.  

No one else will listen, so it’s down to Ari to save her.  

But he had better hurry, as Ari finds himself next on The Twig Man’s list

Here’s what Sana’s editors had to say about her bewitching debut:

“The Twig Man really stood out to us as we love middle grade fiction and had been looking for something a bit spooky and original. Sana is a really talented writer and we’re excited to launch her debut novel. This genre is clearly lacking in diversity and we want to address that by bringing out books with characters all children can see themselves in.” – Abiola Bello, co-director at Hashtag Press

“We believe there’s a lot of interest amongst children for hair-raising stories that keep readers on the edge of their seats but are age appropriate. The Twig Man combines elements of the classic ghost story with themes such as friendship, family and self discovery. We think it’s going to be a big hit with young readers.” – Helen Lewis, co-director at Hashtag Press

Sana is a Kurdish born politics graduate from London who also happens to be a Formula One fanatic that never misses a race and an avid watcher of anything horror-related!

Sana has said: “I am thrilled to be working with Hashtag Press on my debut novel The Twig Man. I devoured spooky tales as a kid and I cannot wait for readers to follow Ari as he navigates the woods in search of his sister. It’s important children of all backgrounds see themselves reflected in stories, and I hope this book goes some way in doing that. As always, I am indebted to my amazing agent Chloe Seager for her guidance and passion throughout this journey.”

You can find her on Twitter @bookgirlsr and Instagram @bookgirlsr. 

A huge congratulations to Sana on writing her debut novel, we can’t wait for The Twig Man to hit the shelves and secretly be hidden past bedtimes!