Simon and Schuster Children's Books today announced the acquisition of debut YA author, Clare Furniss, following a flurry of interest from publishers.
Ingrid Selberg, Publisher for S&S Children's, acquired World English rights in two books from Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates, for a six-figure sum in a hotly contested eight-way auction. The deal is a global acquisition with Justin Chanda, Vice President, Books for Young Readers at S&S US.
The first novel is entitled The Year of the Rat. The Rat of the title is fifteen-year-old Pearl's name for her baby sister, who is born on the same day that her mother dies. As Pearl struggles to adjust to the new family dynamics, she discovers she's not the only one who needs to let go of the past.
Furniss studied at Cambridge University and worked for several years in political media relations. She now lives in Bath and is completing an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University.
The Year of the Rat will be published globally in hardback in 2014, with the paperback edition and a second title to follow.