The Bookseller reports that Mitch Johnson, 2018 Branford Boase Award winner for his debut Kick, is moving (from Usborne) to Hachette for his second title.
The next book by Johnson, who is also a Waterstones bookseller, will be Pop!, described as “a warmly funny, action-packed adventure about an outrageous theft, a huge reward and the power of courage”.
The book tells the story of Queenie, “who stares out at the ocean dreaming of a world beyond her small town … When a priceless recipe for the world’s most popular drink – thought to be lost for ever – washes up at her feet, Queenie’s life instantly changes. Everyone wants it and with a $10 million bounty on her head, Queenie’s soon on the run. Pursued by bounty hunters, black-ops helicopters and angry mobs, Queenie’s journey involves a trip to Area 51, a man-eating alligator and an unlikely new friend, Todd.”