Bloomsbury has signed two new novels from HarperCollins Children’s Books editorial director Nick Lake.
This year, Lake’s last novel In Darkness (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and won the Michael L Printz Award.
The deal for world English rights was signed by Rebecca McNally, publishing director for children’s books in the UK, and Cindy Loh, publishing director for Bloomsbury Children’s Books in the US, with Caradoc King and Louise Lamont at AP Watt.
Bloomsbury plans to publish the first as-yet-untitled novel in the UK, US and Australia in 2014. It follows Shelby Jane Cooper, whose life is turned upside down when she is hit by a car and discovers her entire life could be a lie.
The second book will be released in 2015.