Maureen Johnson to Hot Key Books

YA author and Queen of Teen 2012 Maureen Johnson is to be published by Hot Key Books.

Editorial director Sara O'Connor acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from KT Literary via Rights Mix in the Suite Scarlett series and the final two books in the Shades of London series, currently published by HarperCollins in the UK.

Hot Key also acquired Johnson's debut novel The Key to the Firebird, never before published in the UK, from Jean McGinley at HarperCollins.

O’Connor said: “Maureen is hilarious, generous and a great spokesperson for teen reading. We can’t wait to celebrate her reign as Queen of Teen in ever more entertaining ways with her fans.”

Hot Key will publish the five Scarlett and Shades titles over the next two years, with the new titles launching simultaneously with the US editions.

Johnson's The Key to the Golden Firebird was first published in 2004 and she has written a further eight YA novels. She also won Mashable's Most Interesting Twitter User to Follow.

Johnson added: "I am thrilled to be joining Hot Key Books. I love what they are doing, and I think they are going to be an extremely exciting voice for YA books in the UK.

"I spend a lot of time in the UK, and being there means a lot to me. I've been practicing the language to fit in: Petrol! Nandos! Twitching! ASBO! Top Gear! I feel READY for this!"