Orchard acquires young assassin YA series

Orchard Books has acquired a YA trilogy by US author Allen Zadoff it is billing as "Jason Bourne meets James Bond for teens".

The series follows a brainwashed teenage assassin, with the first title, Boy Nobody, to be published simultaneously with the US in June 2013. Orchard Books editorial director Rebecca Frazer acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Kristin Dulaney, associate director subsidiary rights for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US, for a "six-figure sum".

Frazer said: "Boy Nobody grabs you on the first page and takes you on a wild ride right to the very end. We are thrilled to be Allen’s UK publisher and looking forward to collaborating with Little, Brown US on a global launch for this series.”

Dulaney said: "Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is thrilled to work on our first simultaneous UK/US launch with Orchard Books. The excitement for Boy Nobody continues to grow and we can’t wait to introduce him to the world."

Boy Nobody is "a young soldier trained not to feel", working for The Program, a shadowy government organisation that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere inside Boy Nobody is "the boy he once was".