Latest rights news

2018
As October fast approaches, we're gearing up for Frankfurt Book Fair with a brand new Rights Guide.

For further information, please contact Rights Director Elinor Bagenal or download our Rights Guide using the link to the right.

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. Emily must find them in the city of the Night Folk, armed only with a packed lunch, a sleepy stowaway hedgehog, and her infamously big mouth. 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?

Coraline meets A Wrinkle in Time in this hilarious, spooky adventure full of belly laughs and genuine scares; all the makings of a modern classic.

The manuscript will be available soon. World rights available. Film rights sold.
Rights optioned: Australia, Canada, USA, Audio
Rights sold: Germany

Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan
In an unforgettable adventure written by Indian born Jasbinder Bilan and set in contemporary India, Asha is guided by a majestic bird which she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother. Together with her best friend, Jeevan, she embarks on a journey across the Himalayas to find her missing father and save her home …

This enchanting middle-grade tale was the winner of the 2017 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition.

The manuscript will be available after Frankfurt. World rights available. 
Rights optioned: Australia, Canada, Germany, USA, Audio

Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange
The world is at war. Growing up in a lighthouse, eleven-year-old Pet’s world has been one of storms, secret tunnels and stories about sea monsters. But now the clifftops are a terrifying battleground, and her family is torn apart …

The highly-anticipated second middle-grade novel by Lucy Strange, author of the bestselling The Secret of Nightingale Wood.

The manuscript is available. World rights available. 
Rights sold: ANZ, Audio UK and Commonwealth, Audio USA, Canada, Hungary, Netherlands, Turkey, USA
Rights optioned: China, France, Iran, Romania

She Wolf by Dan Smith
Ylva, a young Viking girl, is swept by a storm to England where she is orphaned. Determined to avenge her mother’s death, she tracks the killer north. But when a stranger steps in, Ylva has to choose between vengeance and trust.

A startlingly original, emotional and compelling adventure set in the dark ages.

The manuscript will be available after Frankfurt. World rights available. 
Rights optioned: ANZ, Audio US, Canada, Germany

In the Shadow of Heroes by Nicholas Bowling
When his master disappears and a slave called Tog arrives with a secret message, Cadmus is swept up on a quest that leads to Emperor Nero and his crazed determination to possess the Golden Fleece of Greek mythology. The journey will push him to the edge of the Roman Empire – and reveal unexpected truths about himself …

This is the second novel by the critically acclaimed author of Witchborn; perfect for young fans of Madeleine Miller.

The manuscript will be available after Frankfurt. World rights available. 
Rights optioned: Audio US, Canada, Germany, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Romania

Pog by Pádraig Kenny
A lyrical middle-grade fantasy and a highly original exploration of grief as two siblings process the death of their mother with the help of an unforgettable, magical creature: Pog. This is the highly-anticipated second novel by the author of the bestselling Tin.

The manuscript will be available after Frankfurt. World rights available. 
Rights optioned: ANZ, Audio US, Canada, China, France, Italy, Korea, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey, USA

The Fire Maker by Guy Jones
Alex loves magic tricks - and he’s good at them, too. But when he stumbles into strange Mr Olmos’s back garden, he sees a kind of magic he can’t explain: three tiny flames floating in the air. Soon, Alex and Mr Olmos are swept up in a great adventure of secrets, genies and an ancient, bitter rivalry …

The Fire-Maker is the second middle-grade standalone novel by the author of The Ice Garden.

The manuscript will be available after Frankfurt. World rights available. 
Rights optioned: ANZ, Audio UK, Audio US, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, USA

The Great Animal Escapade by Jane Kerr
Danny is happy working at Belle Vue Zoo. But then the animals start escaping and, as a former street urchin and pickpocket, suspicion falls on him. Now, he must untangle the mystery of the great animal escapade in order to clear his name.

The second novel from Jane Kerr, author of critically acclaimed The Elephant Thief; set in the same world but standalone.

The manuscript will be available after Frankfurt. World rights excluding France available. 
Rights optioned: Audio World English, Canada, China, USA, Vietnam

Lily & the Rockets by Rebecca Stevens
Lily has a job at the munitions factory and a goalkeeper’s spot with a brand new women’s football team – the Rockets. When the war ends, the girls lose their jobs and their football. But Lily refuses to give up her dream …

A timeless middle-grade story of football, friendship and determination.

The manuscript will be available after Frankfurt. World rights available. 
Rights optioned: Australia, Canada, Germany, USA, Audio