Walker Books has acquired The Teenage Guide to Friends, a book aimed at helping teenagers navigate friendships and peer group issues, by Nicola Morgan.
Morgan, who is also the author of two other guides for teenagers published by Walker (Blame My Brain and Teenage Guide to Stress), offers advice on fitting in, social media, understanding friends’ personality traits and behavioral trailts, and mental health and wellbeing.
Non-fiction publisher Caroline Royds, who negotiated a deal for world English language rights from Elizabeth Roy at Elizabeth Roy Literary Agency, said: “Blame My Brain and the Teenage Guide to Stress are two of the most important non-fiction books for teens that Walker Books has published.
Barrington Stoke is delighted to have acquired English language rights in ‘Alpha’, a graphic novel created by ‘Line of Fire’ illustrator Barroux, in collaboration with prize-winning novelist Bessora. ‘Alpha’ follows its eponymous hero on a long and dangerous journey from Africa to Europe as he seeks to be reunited with his family.
Barrington Stoke will partner with Amnesty International UK on ‘Alpha’ and an associated education programme. Nicky Parker, Publisher of Amnesty International UK says, ‘It’s with huge sensitivity that Barroux shows the horrors of life as a refugee, his drawings providing a moving insight into this kind of journey. Alpha is emblematic of the refugee crisis today – he is one of millions on the move, some fleeing war and others in desperate hope of a better life for their families. He, like so many, is willing to face a journey full of dangers rather than stay in a place without a future. Alpha shows the human condition at a time of extreme stress and Amnesty International UK is proud to partner on it.’
”Alpha’ counters the dehumanising discourse around refugees that shows no signs of letting up,’ says Barrington Stoke MD Mairi Kidd. ‘With pared-back text and powerful imagery, it has serious impact and is a perfect example of the power of graphic novels to speak to a wide readership of adults and teenagers. We are delighted to publish this book and believe it could not be more timely.’
To increase the story’s resonance, Barroux created the art in materials that Alpha might be able to access – felt markers and water – and drew in a bound book as though in a visual diary. This gives the work an stunning immediacy and power.
‘Alpha’ will publish in summer 2016 in simultaneous hardcover and enhanced paperback format, with English translation by Sarah Ardizzone, in a new imprint. An exhibition of Barroux’s original artwork and a series of related events is planned for the Edinburgh festival 2016.Buzz around the book has begun early with translator Sarah Ardizzone running a series of ‘Amazing Translation Machine’ events at the South Kensington Children’s Festival on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November, during which members of the public are invited to create their own translations of ‘Alpha’. Barroux will also be at the Festival on Saturday 21 November.
Sneak peaks from the rough proofs:
Usborne has acquired two middle-grade novels by Lara Williamson and will publish the first, The Boy Who Was Ace, in autumn 2016.
Usborne also published Williamson’s first two books: A Boy Called Hope and The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, which is currently Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month.
I had something of a preview of Pam Smy’s Thornhill when I visited David Fickling earlier in the summer… it’s going to be rather special I think..
David Fickling Books (DFB) has secured rights deals with US publishers for Thornhill by Pam Smy and for The Call by Peadar O’Guilin.
Macmillan US offered a “substantial pre-empt” for the North American rights to Thornhill, a story about two girls told using illustration and text.
Simon Boughton, publisher at Roaring Book Press (an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group) said that Thornhill is “a remarkable book – the bewitching story of two girls’ lives told in two very different and thoroughly compelling storytelling languages. Pam Smy is a wonderful talent, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to publish her in North America”.
The UK publication date has not yet been announced.
DFB also sold the North American rights to The Call to Scholastic US in a two-book deal. The novel is described as a “hard-hitting YA offering set in an alternate, desolate vision of the world” and will be published in the UK in 2016.
Both deals were brokered by DFB rights director Bronwen Bennie.
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.”
A Swedish psychologist’s self-published picture book about a sleep-deprived rabbit has been acquired by Penguin Random House after becoming a word-of-mouth sensation.
A new edition of Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” will come out in paper in the U.S. and the U.K. on Oct. 2 and as an e-book Sept. 8, the publisher announced Wednesday.
Billed as a groundbreaking story that “gives suggestions to the child’s unconscious mind to sleep,” Ehrlin’s book features such soporific helpers as Uncle Yawn and Sleepy Snail and has inspired an international debate over its effectiveness. “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” was illustrated by Irina Maununen.
Originally released in 2011 and translated into English by Ehrlin a year ago, the book this summer soared into the top 10 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, at times outselling such high-profile works as Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” and E L James’ “Grey.”
The Bookseller reports:
Usborne has acquired the English language rights, excluding the US and Canada, to a new trilogy by US author L A Weatherly.
The Broken trilogy is set in a distorted version of 1940s American and is described as an epic of deception, heartbreak and rebellion.
Commissioning fiction editor Stephanie King said the author has created “an unforgettably fiery and inspiring heroine in Amity, whose life is ripped apart when she discovers a disturbing secret about someone close to her. What follows is a heart-stopping thriller of intrigue, deception and murder that is impossible to put down.”
Usborne struck a deal with Caroline Sheldon from the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency and will publish the first book, Broken Sky, in March 2016. Books two and three are scheduled for Autumn 2016 and March 2017, respectively.
Walker Books will publish The City of Secret Rivers, the first book in a London-set children’s adventure trilogy by US writer Jacob Sager Weinstein.
Fiction publisher Gill Evans and commissioning editor Emma Lidbury negotiated a three-book deal for English and Commonwealth rights from Alex Webb at the Rights People.
Evans said: “It is really exciting to find such inventive energy and wit in writing for a younger audience. His considerable writing talent, combined with Jacob’s delight and passion for London’s secret underground places and forgotten rivers, makes the world of these books a wonderful place for imaginations to roam.”
The City of Secret Rivers wil be published in hardback in early 2017 with books two and three to follow in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Piccadilly Press has announced the acquisition of a heartfelt and emotional middle grade story – A KINGDOM OF HORSES by Zillah Bethell. Editor Matilda Johnson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for KINGDOM, plus a second untitled book from Julia Churchill at A.M. Heath at auction. North American rights were auctioned to Liz Szabla at Feiwel & Friends by Miriam Altshuler. The book will publish in hardback in autumn 2016, followed by a paperback edition in spring 2017.
The author was born in a leprosy hospital in Papua New Guinea, spent her childhood barefoot playing in the jungle, and didn’t own a pair of shoes until she came to the UK when she was eight. She was educated at Oxford University and lives in Wales. She has previously written two adult novels for a small Welsh press. This is her first children’s book.
via Book Trade Announcements – Piccadilly Press Acquires Sparkling Futuristic Environment Story A Kingdom Of Horses.
Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired a children’s book by Emma Donoghue, author of adult bestseller Room.
The Lotterys Plus One is a middle-grade title about Sumac Lottery, a girl with six siblings, two mums, two dads. The family all live together in a big Victorian house they all call Camelottery.
When Sumac’s racist and homophobic grandfather nearly burns his own house down, he has to move in, causing tension within the family.
Venetia Gosling, publisher of the 6+ division at MCB, acquired world rights (excluding the US and Canada) to two books from Donoghue, from Caroline Davidson of Caroline Davidson Literary Agency (CDLA UK).