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2017
We're gearing up for this year's Frankfurt book fair, and are very excited with this year's mix of middle grade and YA from the chicken coop ...

Tin
- A debut Irish talent storms on to the middle-grade scene with this heartfelt tale of humanity, adventure and belonging.
- Pinocchio meets The Wizard of Oz with a hint of Northern Lights as a boy and his mechanical friends discover the truth about his past.
- As well as being a fast-paced adventure, Tin is a thought- provoking and timely novel, with strong themes of friendship, war and what it really means to be human.
- THE MANUSCRIPT IS AVAILABLE
- Rights Sold: Canada, USA
- Rights Optioned: Germany

Storm-Wake
- Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Storm Wake is a gripping and immersive novel for young adults.
- From the author of the acclaimed and internationally prize-winning Stolen, published in 19 territories worldwide and over 30,000 copies sold in the UK alone.
- Explores themes of transformation, illusion and dreaming.
- THE MANUSCRIPT WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER FRANKFURT
- Rights Sold: Canada, USA
- Rights Optioned: France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain

The Ice Garden 
- The Ice Garden launches a startling debut talent into the middle-grade market in this classic-feeling magical-realist story, full of wonder and warmth.
- A tale of loneliness, friendship and the healing power of love, set between the real, contemporary world and a world of ice and magic – sure to capture the imaginations of readers.
- Shades of classics such as Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Secret Garden.
- THE MANUSCRIPT WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER FRANKFURT
- Rights Optioned: Canada, Germany, USA

Alice Dent and the Incredible Germs
- Bursting with quirky charm and dark Dahl-esque humour; guaranteed to make you laugh.
- With its plucky heroine and dastardly villains, this book is perfect for younger fans of Dahl, Walliams, and The Demon Headmaster.
- Themes of friendship and learning to fit in are at the heart of the story.
- THE MANUSCRIPT WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER FRANKFURT
- Rights Optioned: Canada, Germany, USA

Below Zero
- A fresh and exciting no-holds-barred thriller by award-winning author Dan Smith.
- Centres on a trapped creature beneath the icy wasteland of Antarctica – a discovery unravelled only through non-stop action, sheer danger and heart-pounding uncertainty.
- Environmental and scientific storylines underlie a plot which focuses on a protagonist with a life-threatening illness.
- THE MANUSCRIPT WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER FRANKFURT
- Rights Sold: Germany
- Rights Optioned: Canada, USA

What Lexie Did 
- Acclaimed author Emma Shevah’s third novel; her second book, Dara Palmer’s Major Drama, has been optioned for TV by CBBC.
- Emma's novels have received astonishing critical success in the US –  six starred reviews.
- Emma’s stories champion diversity: What Lexie Did has a Greek-Cypriot family at its heart.
- With important themes of truth and lies, loyalty and betrayal, What Lexie Did is no simplistic morality tale, but a wonderful exploration of guilt and reconciliation for younger readers.

The Peculiars
- The debut novel by Kieran Larwood, winner of the Blue Peter Award 2017 and author of bestselling Podkin One-Ear.
- This stunning reissue brings new life to a wonderful story, previously published as Freaks in 2012, with a brand new cover design by the talented Karl Mountford.
- Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011, this is a richly imagined, exciting and darkly funny mystery set in the grime of Victorian London.
‘… reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s immortal Sally Lockhart books.’ THE TIMES
- THE MANUSCRIPT IS AVAILABLE
- Rights sold: ANZ, Audio World English, Canada, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, USA

The Fandom
- A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure which finds fans stuck in the world of their favourite fandom – for real.
- Debut author Anna Day, shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, finds her perfect match with The Big Idea competition winner Angela McCann.
- A fabulous new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction; a thrillingly clever story-within-a-story.
- Rights sold: Audio World English, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic,  Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain (World Spanish), Sweden, Turkey, USA

Witchborn
- A dark, twisty and thrillingly original Elizabethan fantasy by debut author Nicholas Bowling, an arresting new talent in children’s fiction.
- Explores true history through a fantastical lens, building a remarkable alternate universe with strong series potential.
- Themes of friendship, perseverance and death.
- Rights sold: Canada, Germany, Romania, Spain, Turkey, US Audio, USA

Sky Chasers
- A rich and inspirational story based on the true story of the first hot air balloon flight over Paris in the eighteenth century.
- Plotlines of friendship, imagination, science and bravery.
- Winner of the Big Idea Competition, chosen as unanimous winner by the judges: Tess Daly, Neil Blair, Barry Cunningham, Philip Ardagh and theatre producer Sonia Friedman.
- Stunning cover art by award-winning artist David Litchfield.
- Rights Optioned: Canada, Germany, USA