Ahern signs teen book deal with HC Children’s

Ahern signs teen book deal with HC Children’s

HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired the first teen novels from Cecelia Ahern, the bestselling author of P.S. I Love You (HarperCollins).
 
Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh and publishing director Nick Lake acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to two books from literary agent Marianne Gunn O’Connor.
 
The first novel, Flawed, is set in a world where perfection is valued above humanity. The heroine of the novel, Celestine, finds herself excluded from the system after an act of kindness to one of the ‘flawed’ people.
 
“Cecelia has a unique gift for creating stories that hook the reader in, and Flawed grabs from the first page,” said Lake. “Beautifully realised, tender and thought-provoking, this is a book that makes you care – about Celestine, about fairness, about freedom.”
 
HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish Flawed in hardback in summer 2015. The second book, Perfect, will follow in summer 2016.
 
Several adult novelists have turned to YA writing this year. Sophie Kinsella, author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, will next year publish her first YA novel with Random House Children’s Publishers (RHCP), and The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird by Arabella Weir was published by Piccadilly Press on the 2nd October.