Andersen Press has acquired Alone, a middle-grade novel about a boy whose plane crashes in the Amazon by debut author David Brazier.
In the book, which is aimed at 9-12 year-olds, a boy Sam is separated from his father after the plane crash and has to face the jungle alone. Starving and in danger, he starts to think about what adventurer Bear Grylls would do to survive.
Charlie Sheppard, editorial director of Andersen Press, said: “I have always wanted to publish a survival story, but until now I’ve never found one I liked enough. Alone has changed all that. This is the story of a kid battling with nature red in tooth and claw. A modern day Robinson Crusoe with a lovable otter as his Man Friday. It’s compelling, engaging and heart-warming. If you want to keep boys reading, give them a copy of this.”
Sheppard acquired world rights from by Hannah Sheppard of the DHH Literary Agency and publication is planned in paperback for late 2015.