If you enjoyed finding the end of the rainbow with Benjamin Dean in his debut Me, My Dad And The End Of The Rainbow, then you will love finding the beginning of it with his latest book, The Secret Sunshine Project, publishing with Simon & Schuster.

After the huge success of Benjamin’s debut which was nominated for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and received incredible praise, it’s no wonder readers are eager to get their hands on his latest book. Full of heart and pride, it has even left Benjamin welling up at the beauty of its final book form!

Here’s a little more of what’s in store…

A heart-warming story of kindness, courage and love in all its forms. Perfect for 9+ readers and fans of Elle McNicoll, Lisa Thompson and Onjali Rauf.

Bea’s family are happy. Like, really happy. Like, kind of gross but also cute happy. So when they visit London Pride together and have the ultimate day out, Bea doesn’t think her family could possibly get any happier. But a year later, a grey cloud is following Bea’s family around. Dad has passed away, and without him around they have no choice but to pack their bags and move to the countryside to live with Gran.

With Bea’s big sister, Riley, taking the news hard, Bea will do anything to cheer her up. So with the help of new friends, The Secret Sunshine Project is formed – Bea’s plan to bring Pride to the countryside and a smile back to Riley’s face. There’s just one teeny tiny problem – the village mayor. A grumpy old woman who’s on a mission to rain on Bea’s parade . . .

Praise for The Secret Sunshine Project:

 ‘A life-affirming, must-read’

The Independent

‘One of the most joyful books you’ll read this year’

The Bookseller

‘Joyful, funny and heartfelt’

 Katie Tsang, co-author of Sam Wu Is Not Afraid and Dragon Mountain

Benjamin Dean is a London-based celebrity reporter for Buzzfeed. His biggest achievement to date is breaking the news that Rihanna can’t wink (she blinks, in case you were wondering). Benjamin can be found on Twitter as @notagainben tweeting about Rihanna and LGBTQ+ culture to his 10,000+ followers. Congratulations Ben on the publication of this fantastic, life-affirming read!