It must be Love for Oneworld

It must be Love for Oneworld

Oneworld children’s imprint Rock the Boat has signed Scottish débutant Damien Love, acquiring UK and Commonwealth rights to Monstrous Devices, and a second title, from Philippa Milnes-Smith at The Soho Agency.

Monstrous Devices, branded a “delirious adventure” by Anthony Horowitz, will publish in March 2020, supported by a “multi-platform marketing and publicity campaign”. The sequel, Shadow Arts, is scheduled for publication in February 2021. “When 12-year-old Alex receives an old tin robot in  the post, the note from his grandfather simply reads: ‘This one is special’,” the synopsis says. “But as strange events start occurring, it doesn’t take Alex long to suspect that the small toy is more than special; it might also be deadly…”

Rock the Boat editorial director Shadi Doostdar said: “This is exactly the kind of Middle Grade book I love. There is nothing patronising or ‘child-like’ about its pace or the writing—Damien’s mastering of the English language is so impressive he practically reinvents it.”

Love added: “I’m delighted Shadi and Rock the Boat have been reckless enough to give a home to Monstrous Devices. It’s a real honour to be at Oneworld.”