Puffin Acquisition

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Lindsey Heaven, Senior Fiction Editor at Puffin Books, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda from Sarah Davies of the Greenhouse Literary Agency. North American and Canadian rights were snapped up simultaneously by Hyperion in "a major six-figure deal".

The Devil's Kiss is described as "a dark, supernatural thriller following the life of fifteen-year-old Bill SanGreal who is thrust into the modern-day remnant of the Knights Templar by her father, the Grandmaster. Billi's life, as the first-ever Templar girl, is a disciplined, brutal round of weapon's practice, demon killing and occult lore and she yearns for the freedom of a normal life - frustratingly unattainable for a secret warrior sworn to defeat the Unholy."

Sarah Davies and Lindsey Heaven discovered Sarwat Chadda whilst judging the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' (SCBWI) 'Undiscovered Voices' writing competition in Autumn 2007 Lindsey Heaven says, 'This is Darren Shan meets The Da Vinci Code; a dark thriller shot through with real history and legend that will appeal to both boys and girls. Full of drama, passion and pace, The Devil's Kiss is an utterly original supernatural thriller from a stylish, powerful and cinematic new voice in teen writing.'
Sarwat Chadda was brought up a Muslim and is married to a vicar's daughter. He says his home life 'curiously reflects the ongoing conflict between Islam and Christianity, especially when it comes to whose turn it is to do the dishes.' He was raised on stories of Saladin, Richard the Lion-heart and the Crusades, viewed from both sides, and cut his authorial teeth writing his own role-playing scenarios. He is an engineer and lives in London.

The Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda will be published by Puffin with a major
PR and marketing campaign in Spring 2009.

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