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Brielle and Bear: Once Upon a Time...

Written and illustrated by Salomey Doku | Aug 2024

Published by Harper Fire (HarperCollins Children's Books, YA Imprint)

Fairytale Rule No.1: All the best fairytales start with ‘Once upon a time . . .’

"Brielle and Bear: Once Upon a Time..." is the the first volume in a charmingly romantic graphic novel series by Salomey Doku about friendship, family, love and heartbreak - with a sprinkling of fairytale magic.


Publishing on August 29th 2024, Book 1 focuses on daydreamy student Brielle Da Rosa's crush on Atohi "Bear" Yonas, the shy vice-captain of the Once Upon a Time University rugby team.

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Publisher: Harper Fire
ISBN: 9780008617561
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 11 mm


First-year student Brielle, a daydreamy book lover, knows everything there is to know about fairytales. Returning to the city of Rosebridge four years after moving away, she attends Once Upon a Time University, with the intention of living her fairytale dream. And when she meets Bear, the shy vice-captain of the Princes rugby team, at the bookshop where she works, Brielle’s dream is off to a good start.

Determined to forget the past, and with an unexpected new relationship blossoming, Brielle feels she’s finally living the dream. That is, until she discovers that she’s not the only one hiding something....

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