Jen Carney’s debut middle-grade book, The Accidental Diary of B.U.G is published today in paperback by Puffin, Penguin Random House.


 Enter the hilarious world of Billie Upton Green . . . The start of an exciting new series full of Billie’s laugh-out-loud observations and doodles!

 There is a new girl at Billie’s school, and Billie takes it upon herself to show her around, teach her the Biscuit Laws, and remind her that yes, two women can get married (after all, Billie’s mums’ wedding is the event of the year).

 But then suspicion sets in.

 The new girl seems very close to Billie’s best friend Layla. And doesn’t she know a little too much about the latest big school heist – the theft of Mrs Robinson’s purse…?




Jen’s debut has been grabbing a lot of attention in the lead up to publication. From being listed as one of The Bookseller’s ‘Ones To Watch’ for January 2021 and Caboodles ’21 Children’s Books to Look Out For in 2021’, to being selected as part of the Love My Read children’s subscription box, The Accidental Diary of B.U.G has been creating a significant buzz.


With 5-star reviews already popping up on amazon, LD Lapinski, author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency also recently gave a glowing review, commenting “I really enjoyed reading the adventures of Billie Upton Green (not Bug!!)! Billie is a delightful and relatable character, and her escapades are both funny and heart-warming. I particularly enjoyed the inclusivity in the text, and it’s a real joy to see such positive LGBTQ+ representation in children’s books. Jen has written a real treat for younger readers, and the artwork is fabulous, too!”


BUG’s debut is also being celebrated with The Book Fairies #DebutBookFairies give-away campaign, where copies of B.U.G will be hidden all around the UK for new readers to find, so be sure to keep a look out! Jen also recently appeared on the Fun Kids Bookworms Podcast, and is set to do a Q&A at primary schools as part of the Puffin Schools Summer Virtual Visit.


Congratulations Jen on your debut and the start of your fantastic new series, we’re looking forward to the next book of B.U.G already!