Mayowa and the Sea of Words is the first title in a dazzlingly imaginative adventure trilogy about one girl's power to change the world through the magic of book-jumping. Ten-year-old Mayowa has always thought that her Grandpa Edward, who dyes his beard emerald green and jumps on books in private, is rather unusual too. Until one day she jumps on a book for herself, and uncovers a huge family secret … Mayowa can book jump. By jumping on a book, she can harness the emotions inside it and channel them directly into other people. And when the opportunity to use her power to save the lives of countless refugees presents itself, Mayowa wants to jump in with both feet. But Mayowa and her grandpa aren’t the only book jumpers in existence. And not everybody wants to use this power for good. Brimming with heart, Mayowa and the Sea of Words is a modern classic in the making. Perfect for everyone who knows the true power of a good book.

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria but moved to England as a teenager. She signed the deal for her first book, the Betty Trask Award-winning The Spider King's Daughter, at nineteen. Her second book, Welcome to Lagos, was published in 2016 and in 2018 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Chibundu's most recent novel for adults, Sankofa, was an October 2021 pick for the Reese Witherspoon Book Club. Mayowa and the Sea of Words is her debut children’s novel.

Ellah P. Wakatama, OBE, (Hon) FRSL is Editor-at-Large at Canongate Books and chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She serves on the Board of the Royal Literary Fund. She is former deputy editor of Granta magazine, former editor at large for Granta books and has also worked as Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House and Assistant Editor at Penguin. She was the Creative Manchester Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester for three years and has also served as Visiting Professor and Global International Scholar at Goshen College, Indiana and as Visiting Master and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez International Writers programme in Colombia. Her journalism and reviews have appeared in international publications including the Guardian, the Observer, the Spectator and NPR (National Public Radio, USA). She is a contributor to the New Daughters of Africa anthology and has edited several books including Safe House, Adventures in Creative Non-fiction and Africa39. In 2019 Wakatama was named Brittle Paper African Literary Personality of the year.