HarperCollins Acquisition

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HarperCollinsChildren?s Books


by Laura Ruby

Gillie Russell, publishing director at HarperCollins Children?s Books has acquired The Wall and the Wing, a wildly imaginative fantasy adventure about an orphan girl who can make herself invisible - all set in a bizarre, Dahl-esque Manhattan.


Using classic storylines with contemporary twists, the book skillfully combines fun and feeling, whilst perfectly balancing the beautiful and the grotesque.

The story takes place in a Manhattan where most people can fly, and where those who can?t - ?leadfoots? - are despised. In this strange world, an ageless and eccentric Professor, with a flat full of pet cats and grass instead of hair, discovers the existence of a ?Wall?, a girl who can make herself invisible.

This girl lives in an orphanage run by a plastic-surgery obsessed monster called Mrs Terwiliger. ?Gurl?, as Mrs Terwiliger has named her, becomes exploited by her guardian and then pursued by a gangster with a sidekick who has a zip across his face that hides something very ugly...

Meanwhile, Gurl finds a cat that she names Noodle and befriends a young boy named ?Bug?, who dreams of flying. Together the children and the cat must flee, not only guardians and gangsters, but Punks and rat people, in order to find Gurl?s father and unravel the mystery of the pen that can think for itself?

Laura Ruby (www.lauraruby.com) is a young American author on the rise; her first novel, lily?s ghosts, was the winner of the 2003 Parent's Choice Silver Honor for Fiction and a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery.

With the acquisition of The Wall and the Wing, and a sequel, HarperCollinsChildren?s Books hopes to bring a really exciting new talent to the UK market and build Laura into a truly global success.

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