Children’s author Sally Nicholls and A Series of Unfortunate Events illustrator Brett Helquist are joining forces on a new series with Nosy Crow.
The publisher has acquired the middle-grade books, The Time Seekers, which features a "time-slip adventure". The deal, for world rights in four titles, was done by head of fiction, Kirsty Stansfield, with Jodie Hodges at United Agents. The series is written by Nicholls and will be illustrated by Brett Helquist, the US-based illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (Egmont). The first title will be published in spring 2018.
A Nosy Crow spokesperson said: “The first story is a time-slip adventure set partly in Edwardian times about Alex and Ruby. Staying in their aunt’s house they catch sight of a group of children in a hall mirror, and step back in time to help them solve a mystery, catch an arsonist and eat an awful lot of cake. The fast-paced story is laced with humour, but also poignancy, as our modern day characters realise not all of their friends will survive the war.”
Stansfield said: “We’re so delighted to have Sally on the list, as we’re all big fans of her writing. And we’re excited to pair her with Brett Helquist, who brings a lot of international panache to the series. It’s a dream team."
Nicholls is best known for her debut Ways to Live Forever (Marion Lloyd Books) which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2007. These are her first books with Nosy Crow.
HarperCollins Children’s Books will next year publish a further new Paddington Bear story by Michael Bond.
Paddington’s Finest Hour, due for publication in hardback in April 2017, will show the eponymous bear undertaking a new series of adventures, including starring in a cookery TV show and clashing with a stage hypnotist.
It follows Love From Paddington, a collection of letters “from” Paddington published by HCCB in November last year.
Kate Hayler, publishing director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, acquired world English language, digital and audio rights for the book from Hilary Delamere at The Agency, and will simultaneously with HarperCollins US.
The book will feature interior illustrations by R W Alley, who has illustrated the Paddington Bear books since 1997.
Barrington Stoke, which publishes books that are accessible for struggling readers, has acquired a novella by author Non Pratt.
Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.
Barrington Stoke editor Emma Baker acquired the world rights from Jane Finigan of Lutyens & Rubinstein and will publish the title on 15th August.
Pratt adds: “Stories matter to me because they give a window into other people’s lives – how they think and feel – and Barrington Stoke is a publisher that ensures those windows are wide enough to admit everyone. For years I’ve ‘fangirled’ over their list, promoted books to parents at the school gate and handsold copies to strangers in shops, so it is ridiculously exciting that they’re actually letting me write one.”
HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired a new young fiction series, DOTTY DETECTIVE, from popular author/illustrator Clara Vulliamy.
From the press release:
“Featuring a new girl hero for the 5-8s, the adventures of schoolgirl sleuth Dot are all set to hot up the market with a unique combination of illustration and text bouncing with humourand fun, from an acclaimed author.
World rights in the three-book series were acquired by Ruth Alltimes (Publishing Director for Fiction, HarperCollins Children’s Books) in a deal with Hilary Delamere at The Agency (London) Ltd. The first book in the series will publish in paperback in March 2016 in a daringly dotty package with gorgeous girl appeal. Book two publishes in August 2016 and the third title follows in January 2017. Books illustrated by Clara have sold over 50,000 copies in the UK but this series will be Clara’s first solo foray into young fiction.
Dot’s story is told in a unique diary format of hilarious Tweet-style observations, selfie pics (artworked by Clara), under the duvet moments back at ‘HQ’ (Dot’s bedroom) and clues that Dot finds and sticks into her book. She’s an everyday girl, but one who isn’t afraid to say what she means and make you laugh whilst she’s saying it. And with the help of McClusky, her faithful sidekick hound, she is always ready to sniff out a mystery. The books are packed full of humorous scenarios from both home and school that every young girl will recognise.
Clara Vulliamy trained in Fine Art at the Ruskin School and the Royal Academy. She lives in Twickenham with her husband and their two children who provide inspiration for her work. She is the daughter of author and illustrator Shirley Hughes and has written and illustrated numerous stories for children and babies, including the highly successful Dixie O’Day series, a collaboration with her mother.
Commenting on the deal Ruth Alltimes said, “Dot is destined to be the new ‘book-best- friend’ of young girls everywhere; she is impishly funny, aspirational and so full of curiosity that girl readers will be drawn into her world of mini mysteries! Clara Vulliamy’s signature stylish, witty artwork creates an irresistible young fiction package.”
INDIGO ACQUIRES TWO FURTHER NOVELS IN PAULA WESTON’S REPHAIM SEQUENCE
In a deal for UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding ANZ and North America, Jenny Glencross, Commissioning Editor at Indigo has acquired the third and fourth novels in the REPHAIM sequence by Australian author, Paula Weston from Jane Finegan at Lutyens & Rubinstein, on behalf of Text Publishing.
The first novel, SHADOWS, was published in January 2013, and the second, HAZE, follows in October 2013. The third and fourth novels, newly acquired, will be set for publication in 2014 and 2015.
Paula Weston is a Brisbane-based author and co-owner of a two-woman writing/design consultancy. She is an avid reader and blogger and a huge fan of Australian literature and fantasy/paranormal stories.
Jenny Glencross says of the new deal…
“I’m so thrilled we’re acquiring more books in this fantastic series – not least because I’m desperate to find out what happens next. The reviews of Paula’s first book, Shadows, speak for themselves. These books really are a cut above the rest of the angel books out there and Paula is a YA writer to be reckoned with.”
A good summary of the panel discussion follows this introduction.
Capitalizing on trends, having big-picture visions, and making project pitches stand out while also appealing to niche audiences were some of the topics addressed during an April 16 American Book Producers Association panel called “Straight Talk on Juvenile Publishing.” The panel featured three speakers: Wesley Adams, executive editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers; Sarah Fabiny, editor-in-chief for series and licenses at Grosset & Dunlap and PSS, in the Penguin Young Readers Group; and Beverly Horowitz, v-p and publisher at Random House/Delacorte. ABPA treasurer Valerie Tomaselli served as moderator.