Author Jennifer Bell and illustrator Alice Lickens have teamed up to create a young illustrated fiction series about a girl who rescue endangered animals.
The first book, Agnes and Attie: Agents of the Wild, introduces eight-year-old Agnes, whose parents – famous naturalists – died whilst trying to protect an endangered species. Now living with her uncle, Agnes comes home one day to find an elephant shrew wearing a camouflage suit on her bed. This is Agent Attie, who invites Agnes to help her rescue the last Uruçu negra bee in the wild.
The series will be published by Walker Books after executive editorial director Denise Johnstone-Burt acquired world rights to three books from Polly Nolan at Greenhouse Literary Agency, following a hotly contested auction.
The first book is set to publish in Spring 2020, in two-colour, fully illustrated paperback.
Bell is the author of The Uncommoners series (Corgi Children’s) and previously worked as a bookseller for Foyles. Lickens is the designer at the House of Illustration and has created books for the National Trust. In 2012 she was awarded the Sendak Fellowship and spent time living in Maurice Sendak’s residence in Connecticut.
Johnstone-Burt said: “I am really delighted to have acquired this wonderful series, which is not only madcap fun but clever and stylish too. I have admired the work of both Jen and Alice for a long time so it is thrilling to be able to welcome them to our list. The series has a very timely theme of conservation under the fun and action, and with gorgeous artwork will be a series children will love.”