Based on a true story of a 14 year old girl Lisa Jura, who had to flee her home in Vienna and rebuild her life in London, the story will bring home to older children the reality of the Holocaust.
As we celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women, Usborne will be releasing a new cover for the book previously called POLLY’S MARCH. The whole Historical House series, with Adele Geras and Ann Turnbull, is being given a fresh launch and look.
Third in a new historical adventure series from million copy selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian.
Amsterdam, 1943 Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black-market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the front line when the Germans invaded.
Meticulously researched, intricately plotted and beautifully written, The Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinarily gripping novel from a bright new voice in YA fiction.
‘A gripping historical mystery’ Publishers Weekly, starred review.
A sequel to Cleo.
Continuing the story of Cleopatra before she became the legendary figure we think we know, this fast-paced adventure story is perfect for teen girls. Will Cleo – marked and chosen at birth by the goddess Isis – prevail against the evil forces who would gain power?
Orion Children’s Books has acquired a new adventure series by Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries books, set in Roman Britain.
Editor Felicity Johnston acquired the world rights to four books, excluding the US and Canada, from Clare Pearson at Eddison Pearson.
The series, entitled The Seekers, is set in AD 94 and is about three siblings who travel to Londinium from Rome to flee the henchman of evil Emporor Domitian. In Britain they team up with a British girl, who guides them in their new world, and a mysterious Jewish boy.
Orion will publish the first book, The Seekers: Escape From Rome, in hardback in May 2016.
This historical tale has a magnficently wintry opening:
The snow had come early, blanketing the land on All Souls’ Eve and re-covering it at regular intervals, up to and beyond the Solstice. Old Scratch had never known such a persistent piling up of the stuff. Day in, day out it came, with drifts touching what passed for his roof and no respite, not even on melt days, because the melting only went so far before the sky turned goose-grey again and down came another load, white upon white upon white.
When Tony Bradman reviewed this novel for The Guardian he said of it:
Julie Hearn writes with real skill, her style equally at home with the natural and supernatural, with rude mechanicals and over-reaching Tudor courtiers, with fairy-tale tropes and psychological realism. All the elements are familiar, but the final result is one of genuine originality.
Orchard Books has announced the acquisition of two historical fiction titles looking at the life of the young Cleopatra written by Lucy Coats to publish in 2015.
Rosalind Turner, Senior Editor, acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (exc. Canada) from Sophie Hicks at Ed Victor Ltd. She says, “Everyone at Orchard was captivated by the idea of the untold story of Cleopatra, and Lucy Coats is the perfect author to lead us into this evocative world. I’m delighted to be working with Lucy on these terrific new books.”
Sophie Hicks: “Lucy’s vivid storytelling brings the young Cleopatra to life and I am delighted that it will be published by Orchard.”
The first book, provisionally entitled Young Cleopatra, will publish in Spring 2015 with the sequel following later the same year; both titles will be published in paperback original with simultaneous e-publications alongside. The books will look at the young Cleopatra’s turbulent youth, picking up her story as she takes flight from Alexandria and finds shelter in the temple of Isis.
When Orchard Books was formed twenty-seven years ago Lucy was one of the company’s first editors. She changed career paths to become an author and her first book, One Hungry Baby, was published by Orchard in 1993. Since then Lucy has gone on to write over twenty books for children. Lucy commented: “I am hugely excited to have ‘come home’ with these new novels, and can’t wait to work with the whole wonderful Orchard team.”
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As a fifteen year old, Sophie Masson once wrote a short story called ‘Les Chouans’, which was her first attempt at trying to get to grips with the savagery, fear, courage and mystery of that time of Revolution, and the riven loyalties and terrible choices made by people on both sides of the civil war. Much later, she wrote an article, ‘Remembering the Vendée’, which has had many readers, but it wasn’t until many years later again that she first conceived the project of writing a novel about the tumultuous early years of the Revolution and the wars it unleashed.
Framed by a prologue and epilogue set decades later, the main body of the novel is narrated by a young man facing execution in 1794, who tells his story and that of his friends, all from very different backgrounds. Masson succeeds movingly in giving the reader a feel for the way in which these things were experienced, not as great events, but as part of people’s lives, affecting them in myriad ways, both great and small. She evokes a portrait of a whole community, and of a country, caught in the grip of massive change, of rebellion and counter-rebellion and the havoc of war, whose echoes remain in the Vendée and in France to this day.
“Masson writes like a native of the time Black Wings is set; when her characters speak, we hear the authentic voice of the 18th Century. Detailed, erudite and elegant, its characters lovingly drawn, this absorbing and deeply felt novel brings home to us the curse of living through interesting times. It will not let us forgive the French Revolution for The Terror so easily.”
Cassandra Golds, author of Clair-de-Lune, The Museum of Mary Child and The Three Loves of Persimmon.
“Masson’s tale about the limits of friendship, set against the backdrop of those best and worst of times, captures perfectly the contradictions of revolution – the appeal of the brave new world, the ruthless destruction of old ways, the romance along with the tumult and the terror. Her tale of ordinary folk helplessly caught up in the maelstrom of history, made extraordinary by chance and circumstance, offers a vision of a past that isn’t dusty, archaic and over, but vivid, engaging, alive.”
Wendy James, author of the award-winning Out of the Silence, The Steele Diaries and The Mistake.
“With skilful attention to detail, author Sophie Masson weaves a compelling tale of a nation caught up in a madness fuelled by a reckless and unrealistic idealism, and the four friends who, wittingly or not, were its victims. Set against this chilling account of the collective madness that led to the murderous rampages and bloodthirsty executions of the French Revolution is the story of Jacques’ love for Flora – a love that will test everything he believes and holds dear. A great read for lovers of historical fiction with a dash of romance.”
Felicity Pulman, author of A Ring Through Time.
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