Philomel Books Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish
Philomel Books Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish

Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish

By Zoe Tokushige


Publication Date: September 20, 2022

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

A hilarious story of new-school hijinks, filled with friendship, family, and plenty of pranks--perfect for fans of Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Best of Iggy!

Meet Airi Sano. After spending her entire childhood moving from one military base to another, she's excited to be settling down for the long-term in Hawai'i. She's less excited about her new teacher, who’s determined to make Airi like school. But she's got a plan: prank her teacher so hard that she gives up on even trying to get Airi to do any work—especially any reading.


But Mrs. Ashton won’t give up, no matter what Airi does. Airi will need the help of her new classmates—who might even be her new friends—to get Mrs. Ashton to crack. It’s time . . . for a prank war!


With fun and funny black-and-white illustrations throughout, New School Skirmish kicks off a brand-new series for readers to adore!

Series Overview: New School Skirmish: Fall 2022

Airi Sano: Prankmaster General #2: Fall 2023

Airi Sano: Prankmaster General #3: Fall 2024

About the Author

Zoe Tokushige (she/they) originally hails from Southern California, but has spent the past decade on the East Coast. After attending NYU for a BS in media, culture, and communications, Zoe received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College before returning to New York to work in publishing. Zoe currently works at Penguin Random House. When not writing, Zoe enjoys crafts, video games, and D&D. You can visit Zoe online at and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @zoetokushige. 

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: Southern California

Jennifer Naalchigar (she/her) is a British Japanese illustrator based in Hertfordshire, England. She has a love for quirky characters and enjoys experimenting with digital brushes. Jennifer can often be found listening to music and doodling with her tablet in a coffee shop. She also enjoys reading picture books to her kids and scanning anything she can get her hands on. After five years working as an art buyer for Oxford University Press, she decided that illustration was the career for her. You can follow Jennifer on Instagram @naalchidraws. 

Illustrator Residence:Hertfordshire, England

Format: Hardcover Paper over boards

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: September 20, 2022

ISBN: 9780593465783

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