Andersen Press has announced acquisition of the 20th children’s novel by Phil Earle, marking 10 years since his first book was released.
When the Sky Falls will be Phil’s first book with Andersen, and is an emotionally charged, classic-in-the-making to be released in June. World rights for two books were won by Charlie Sheppard, Andersen Press’ Publishing Director, from Jodie Hodges at United Agents. A second book will be released in 2022.
Based on a true story, When the Sky Falls is set in 1941, as war rages. One angry boy has been sent to the city, where bombers rule the skies. There, Joseph will live with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no fondness for children. Her only loves are the rundown zoo she owns and its mighty silverback gorilla, Adonis. As the weeks pass, bonds deepen and secrets are revealed, but if the bombers set Adonis rampaging free, will Mrs F or Joseph be able to end the life of the one thing they truly love?
The book is already generating pre-release buzz from some big names in children’s books:
‘An extraordinary story with historical and family truth at its heart, that tells us as much about the present as the past. Deeply felt, movingly written, a remarkable achievement’ – Michael Morpurgo
‘Complex, dark, intense and mysterious. An astounding work of fiction’ – Anthony McGowan
‘A story about love and friendship and how animals can connect people in the darkest of times and allow them to heal’ – Gill Lewis
Speaking about the book Phil Earle has said, ‘Although it feels surreal to have been published for ten years now, I couldn’t be prouder that When the Sky Falls will be my twentieth book, or happier that it will be published by Andersen Press. The passion everyone there has shown for Joseph and Adonis’s story has been overwhelming, and although it’s always nerve-wracking when your book travels out in the world, I honestly couldn’t be more excited.’
When the Sky Falls, written by Phil Earle and published by Andersen Press will be released 3/6/2021, paperback, £7.99.