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Have Orion found their new Michelle Paver? They hope so...

Orion Press release: - 5th March 2011

Orion Children's Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of SUNCATCHER and two other novels by debut author Sheila Rance. World rights in three books were secured by Orion Children's Books MD and Publisher Fiona Kennedy.

SUNCATCHER is Sheila Rance's debut children's novel. It won the annual United Agents' Prize for the most promising first 15,000 words of a children's novel and was written in 2010 while she was completing the final year of her MA in Children's Literature at Bath Spa University.

SUNCATCHER is dazzling entertainment for the 9+ market. Inspired by the Bronze Age and set in the Far East the series is set to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers of all ages.

Book I, SUNCATCHER will publish in April 2013.

Sheila Rance says of the acquisition:
"How do you write a shriek of delight, bubbles of excitement, the granting of the third wish? It's how I felt when Orion and Fiona Kennedy decided that they loved Suncatcher and wanted to add it to their wonderful children's list. Stories want readers, writers want publishers and it's my incredible good fortune to have found both at Orion. To sign with them in their 20th year in publishing is very special. I'm really excited by the next steps in the Suncatcher adventure and the prospect of writing the second story."

Fiona Kennedy says of the acquisition:
"It's nearly ten years ago that we launched the first book in a series about a Stone Age boy and his wolf-cub companion by an author whose name was, at the time, not known in the world of children's books, but who went on to become a global success. Books like those don't come along very often, but I believe they have again with Sheila Rance's amazing debut, Suncatcher. In her own very distinctive voice she conjures a story rich in character, exotic in time and place with an intriguing, sweeping and seamlessly entertaining plot. I'm thrilled to be publishing her work."

For further information, please contact Nina Douglas on 020 7520 4318 or email

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