In a deal for world rights, Fiona Kennedy, MD and Publisher of Orion Children’s Books has acquired DEMOLITION DAD and three other titles by Phil Earle from Jodie Hodges at United Agents.
Phil Earle says of the deal:
“I’m delighted to be joining Orion’s magnificent list. The belief they have shown in my middle grade stories has been overwhelming, and I’m excited about paying back that faith over many books. want the stories to be warm, funny and touching, and can’t wait to play with subjects that obsessed me as a kid. My dad always said I was wasting my time endlessly watching Hulk Hogan wrestle, so I intend to prove him wrong with DEMOLITION DAD, the story of a boy whose father happens to be a rather crummy British wrestler. I hope it pays homage to what Roald Dahl did so well. It’s like Danny, The Champion of the World, but with an awful lot of Spandex.”
Fiona Kennedy says:
“We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome the hugely talented Phil Earle, the King of Sting, to our list. All of us admire his clever, intuitive writing, but stand by for his fabulous first middle-grade stories – Demolition Dad is a lot of fun and shows off Phil’s skills at their sparkling best.”
DEMOLITION DAD is set for publication in summer 2015, with further titles to follow. The books will be edited by Orion Children’s Books’ Commissioning Editor Jenny Glencross.
Earle’s debut novel, BEING BILLY, was nominated for a dozen awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. His most recent novel, HEROIC, has just been longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014. DEMOLITION DAD will be his first book for middle grade readers.