Newes From The Dead

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Random House Children�s Books has announced the sale of Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper to Simon Boughton of Roaring Brook Press (Holtzbrink Group) in the US. This sale comes after a hotly contested auction and was brokered by Linda Summers, Associate Publisher (Rights) at Random House Children�s Books.

German rights have been bought by Verlagsgruppe Random House and French rights by Editions du Panama.

Charlie Sheppard, Editorial Director of Children�s Fiction at RHCB, who acquired this title from Rosemary Canter at PFD, comments: �This is an incredible novel and all the more powerful because it�s based on a true story. I was thrilled that we had so much interest from the US and I�m delighted that Simon will be publishing this book. I look forward to raising a glass of bubbly with him in Bologna and drinking to the success of this exciting acquisition�.

Simon Boughton, Publisher at Roaring Brook Press says: �I loved Newes From the Dead, and I know it�s a book with lots of appeal to teens. It�s compelling, spooky, finely crafted�and best and strangest of all, true. We�re delighted to be publishing this book in the United States.�

Mary Hooper�s Newes from the Dead is an extraordinary true story of courage and deliverance that will haunt its readers. In 1650, a servant girl, Anne Green, was falsely accused of infanticide. She was hanged for the crime and her body taken to the medical school for dissection. But just before the procedure began, a young medical student noticed that Anne appeared to have signs of life.

Mary Hooper has previously written four historical novels for Bloomsbury. She is married and lives in Oxfordshire. You can find out more about her at

Newes from the Dead will be published by The Bodley Head on 3rd April 2008.

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