Latest rights news

2019
The year’s Frankfurt’s titles are full magic, ghosts, mermaids and dragons with a twist of horror to add a thrill to the autumn evenings ... For further information on all our new titles, please contact Rights Director Elinor Bagenal or download our Rights Guide using the link to the right.

The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish & Kelly Ngai

When Hedy and Spencer start receiving messages on dusty picture frames, Christmas at their grandfather’s spooky house turns into a mission to solve an old family mystery. Their grandmother disappeared during a magic performance many years ago – but where did she go? Hedy and Spencer set out to find the truth.

First in a debut MG series. TV rights sold to WIIP in conjunction with Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead; Spider-Man).

Manuscript now available.
World rights available. Rights sold:Germany (pre-empt), TV
Rights in negotiation: Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania, USA, English Language Audio

The Pearl in the Ice by Cathryn Constable

Twelve-year-old Marina is supposed to be going to boarding school to learn how to be a lady – but instead, she stows away on her father’s ship. Soon she’s embarked on a dangerous voyage where a great secret lies in wait …

Th latest novel from bestselling author of The Wolf Princess which sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and to 16 territories.

Manuscript now available.
World rights available. Sold:UK and Commonwealth Audio, Czech Republic
Rights optioned: Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, USA

Demelza & the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers

Demelza loves science, but she’s also inherited a distinctly un-scientific skill: Spectre Detecting – summoning the ghosts of the dead. When Grandma is kidnapped by a mysterious villain, she knows Spectre Detecting has something to do with it. Can Demelza solve the deadly mystery?

Full ms available after Frankfurt.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

Z for Zoe by Eloise Smith

Zoe lives in a New York apartment block with a mostly-absent mother, a succession of babysitters and her beloved three-legged dog, Zorro. But when Zorro is snatched, Zoe’s investigations lead her to a secret band of fellow children fighting a rising, underground threat …

The first book in a dark and swashbuckling middle-grade series; set in New York City, the story is a compelling mix of contemporary and darkly fantastical and has a diverse ensemble cast of brave and spirited kids.

Full ms available after Frankfurt.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

Darwin's Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Simon ‘Syms’ Covington has landed the job of a lifetime – cabin boy and fiddler on Charles Darwin’s Beagle. But when he is separated from the crew during a storm, his life takes a truly extraordinary turn. Shipwrecked on a Galapagos island he makes a discovery that could change the world – and make his fortune. But should he share his find, or will it lead to the extinction of a legendary species? There’s one person who could help, but he’s busy writing a book ...

Robinson Crusoe meets How to Train Your Dragon, with extra science!

Full ms available after Frankfurt.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie

When Iseabail is employed by a wealthy merchant to be his daughter’s companion, she’s transported from her humble island home to a grand house in the Scottish borderlands. Why has she really been summoned here? And will she ever make it back home?

A stunningly atmospheric YA Elizabethan horror set in the Scottish borderlands, written with a unique and original voice; Jane Eyre meets Susan Hill with a YA twist.

Full ms available after Frankfurt.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder

Emily’s parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour – a Victorian London frozen in time, home to magic and monsters. With bloodthirsty creatures on her tail, Emily has to discover the truth and rescue her parents – can she save both worlds before she runs out of sandwiches?

First in a series. An original, quirky fantasy for middle-grade readers by a fantastically talented duo. Book 2, The Midnight Howl, comes out in 2020.

Manuscript now available.
World rights available. Sold: Audio World English, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Russia, USA, World Spanish

The Loop by Ben Oliver

Luka Kane has been inside hi-tech prison the Loop for over two years. A death sentence is hanging over his head but his day-to-day routine is mind-numbingly repetitive. Then everything changes. Soon, Luka has to face a new reality: breaking out of the Loop might be his only chance to save himself – and the world …

A thrilling UKYA debut from a stunning new talent: dark, original, twisty and totally unputdownable, this is a futuristic Prison Break with shades of 1984. Film/TV rights optioned by Lime with producer Louise Sutton (Black Mirror) on board.

Manuscript now available
World rights available.
Rights sold: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Film, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, USA, World Audio

The Last Chance Hotel  series by Nicki Thornton

Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, their leader is poisoned. A locked-room murder investigation ensues – and Seth is the main suspect. Can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic’s afoot?

The debut middle grade trilogy and winner of the 2016 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. The third book in the series, The Cut-Throat Café, will publish in 2020.

Manuscripts now available.
World rights available. Sold: Audio World English, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, USA, World Spanish