A gripping and powerfully relevant thriller set in a reimagined London where drone surveillance is the norm.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books has bought world rights to a debut YA novel by Mary Watson and one other title ahead of Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
The Wren Hunt tells the story of two ancient powers fighting for survival and one girl, born of both, who will decide their fate.
The deal was brokered by editorial director Ellen Holgate and Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
Holgate said she was “reluctant” to pigeon-hole the genre because it was “so different from anything else out there”.
“The setting is contemporary, but with a deep, ancient magic thinly veiled from view – it sizzles with romance, betrayal, deceit, lies and magic,” she said. “The tension at the heart of The Wren Hunt makes it read like a thriller, but the high concept is backed up by exceptional writing.”
“There is a freshness at the start of the book that becomes unrecognisable by the end. It is as if all the characters have become mangled by the mechanics of the story structure.”
full review: http://www.achuka.co.uk/reviews/?p=587
from The Bookseller:
Hodder Children’s Books has acquired Last Man Standing, a coming-of-age urban thriller, by debut author Patrice Lawrence.
In the story, 16-year-old Marlon has promised his widowed mum that he’ll be good, and nothing like his gang-leader brother, Andre. However, everything changes when his first date with Sonya ends in tragedy and Marlon enters Andre’s world of guns, knives and drug runs.
Emma Goldhawk, senior editor at Hodder, acquired the world rights, excluding the US and Canada, in a two-book deal from Caroline Sheldon at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.
Hodder will publish Last Man Standing in spring 2016. A second standalone title will follow in 2017.
David Fickling Books (DFB) is set to publish the paperback edition of Simon Mason’s highly acclaimed Running Girl. Shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Children’s Book Award, Mason’s debut foray into YA crime writing was described by the judges as ‘unputdownable’.A former imprint of Random House Children’s Books, newly independent DFB – of which Mason is MD – have acquired the rights to the paperback edition of Running Girl from Penguin Random House, with publication scheduled for June 2015.DFB Publisher David Fickling said: “Our focus at DFB is on all of our authors – past, present and future – and, having had the privilege of working with Simon as his editor over many years, it seemed only natural that we might take on the paperback edition of Running Girl.”There is a huge gap in the market for excellent teen crime fiction, making Running Girl, and its sassy teen detective Garvie Smith, a particularly exciting proposition for us. We’ve been thrilled to see the success the book has – quite rightly – already enjoyed, and can’t wait to bring it home to the DFB stable. We’re also eager to find out what’s in store for our teen sleuth as Simon develops the series.”
James Dawson has had a very strong year.
In early summer Hot Key Books released his horror novel, Say Her Name, and the paperback edition of the 2013 murder mystery Cruel Summer was released by Indigo in August.
That was not all….
In September Hot Key Books released his well-received non-fiction title This Book Is Gay.
Not only that, but earlier in the year he was crowned Queen of Teen.
He acknowledges the support of his readers and fans, as well as picking his five favourite books of the year, in this YouTube video (in which he is accompanied by his ‘little friend Prince’):
Next year seems set to be just as strong, with (according to the video) two new books in the pipeline – a new novel from Hot Key scheduled for March and presumably one also from Orion/Indigo.
***UPDATE*** Just been advised by Hot Key Books that BOTH new titles are with them
His author website only gives details of books already published. It’s not yet responsive, but IS WordPress designed, so Dawson will find it easy to change to a new WP theme that will reshape the design for different screen sizes.
Two psychological YA thrillers from an author with an interesting profile.
Grew up in Sussex, England… studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University… worked as a music journalist and entertainment critic… now full-time novelist and screen-writer living in Los Angeles, California.
As well as her ‘Abigail Haas’ novels, she has published both YA and adult fiction as Abby McDonald.
On top of that, writing as Melody Grace, she has a self-published Beachwood Bay romance series that according to her website spent several weeks on the USA Today bestseller lists, scoring over 1 million downloads, and charting at #1 on iBooks.
And yet her website also says that she has failed to find a US publisher for Dangerous Boys. Read the author’s own very honest and revealing blog post about this.
Two very different books from the same author, both published this year, one by Andersen Press, the other by Hot Key.
Seven Second Delay – described as “a blood pumping thrill ride” by one Amazon reviewer – and as a “Tense dystopian thriller” by School Librarian – has a striking, predominantly matt black cover design.
Boys Don’t Knit, as the very different cover evokes, is a diary format comedy. (There is already a sequel)
Simon & Schuster have packaged these two Sophie McKenzie thrillers really well. The book jackets, designed by Nick Stearn, are superb.
So how about giving both titles together? These are highly topical thrillers with a plotline that involves extremism, terrorism and bombing. But they have a reputation for being unputdownable, so if you give them to a family member prepare not to have much interaction with them once they start reading.
Gripping and engrossing from the very first chapter this is atmospheric teen thriller writing of the very highest order. Bowler gets the first-person voice of Zinny, his teenaged main character exactly right. Not too overdone, just sufficiently gritty and edgy.
Bowler has always had a marked talent for creating mood and atmosphere. What’s particularly impressive about Night Runner is the sense of being hounded and watched by an evil presence and, in terms of the book’s title, firstly being on the run from it, and then having to be a runner for it.
Bowler’s writing is also a model of compression – a demonstration that you simply do not need to overegg writing with ‘powerful’ adjectives and adverbs to create vivid scenes for the reader. One of the reasons Night Runner makes such an impact is, counter-intuitively, due to a limitation on visual descriptions of character and place. At just under 200 pages the book is almost entirely composed of action and dialogue. And this makes the reader supply their own visualisations, so that reading the book is a bit like having a nightmare.
The author gives the reader just enough and then is happy to let imagination do the rest.
Nowhere is this clearer than in the Pinkie-Brown-like character of the book’s villain.
“He’s got dark hair,” I go on, “slick, clean-shaven, smooth-looking guy, about thirty, and he’s got this flash coat.”
That’s Zinny, early on in the book, while calling the police. After that, ‘Flash Coat’ is all that’s required to convey the character’s presence.
The book is an especially pleasing read because it is not pure thriller. There is an affecting backstory here, regarding Zinny’s parents.
It’s a dark book, and at times unflinchingly violent. But a motif of light and hope keeps trying to break through, embodied by a library book of nature photography that Zinny has had out on extended loan.
Compelled to keep turning the pages from one exciting chapter to the next, I kept wondering how this motif might play out at the end. I won’t reveal how, just say that it does.
One of the best YA novels of 2014 for sure.