Atlantic makes children's move

<p>Atlantic Books has bought the rights to three children&#39;s books from American journalist, commentator and magazine publisher, Kimberly Quinn. The move is part of a wider push into the children&#39;s market.<br />Caroline Michel at PFD secured the deal for the three titles with Toby Mundy, c.e.o. and publisher of Atlantic. The first book is called <em>The Queen Must Die</em> and will be published in early 2010.<br /><br />Mundy said: &quot;I have wanted for some time to begin publishing for children and young adults. When we discovered these effervescent novels I knew we had found exactly the right titles to launch into this area.&quot; Quinn said that &quot;the most important readers in the world are children. What they absorb today is the foundation of everyone&rsquo;s future&quot;. She said she has been thinking about writing these books for two decades and had been working on them for many years.<br /><br />The three titles combine historical adventure with fantasy and move in time from the 21st century to Victorian England. Mundy said: &quot;These wonderful books are a sparkling modern combination of the work of C S Lewis, Mark Twain and E Nesbit. Everyone here has been beguiled by <em>The Queen Must Die</em>, and I feel sure that readers all around the world will also take it to their hearts.&quot;</p>