Children’s author Sally Nicholls and A Series of Unfortunate Events illustrator Brett Helquist are joining forces on a new series with Nosy Crow.
The publisher has acquired the middle-grade books, The Time Seekers, which features a "time-slip adventure". The deal, for world rights in four titles, was done by head of fiction, Kirsty Stansfield, with Jodie Hodges at United Agents. The series is written by Nicholls and will be illustrated by Brett Helquist, the US-based illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (Egmont). The first title will be published in spring 2018.
A Nosy Crow spokesperson said: “The first story is a time-slip adventure set partly in Edwardian times about Alex and Ruby. Staying in their aunt’s house they catch sight of a group of children in a hall mirror, and step back in time to help them solve a mystery, catch an arsonist and eat an awful lot of cake. The fast-paced story is laced with humour, but also poignancy, as our modern day characters realise not all of their friends will survive the war.”
Stansfield said: “We’re so delighted to have Sally on the list, as we’re all big fans of her writing. And we’re excited to pair her with Brett Helquist, who brings a lot of international panache to the series. It’s a dream team."
Nicholls is best known for her debut Ways to Live Forever (Marion Lloyd Books) which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2007. These are her first books with Nosy Crow.
She said: "I'm so excited to be working on this series, which is letting me tell stories like the books I loved as a child. I'm so honoured that Brett has agreed to illustrate the books - and can't wait to see the finished artwork."