Bloomsbury Children’s Books has acquired a new series for middle-grade readers from debut author Caleb Krisp.
Ellen Holgate, editorial director for children's fiction, acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights in three books from the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. The first book, Anyone But Ivy Pocket, will publish in Spring 2015, with books two and three to follow at nine-month intervals.
Ivy Pocket is a 12-year-old servant who, when dumped by her mistress in Paris, is commissioned by the Duchess of Trinity to carry the Clock Diamond to England. She then finds herself in a web of mischief and murder.
"Anyone But Ivy Pocket is a novel full of invention, wit and dysfunctional Victorian aristocrats," said Holgate. "Most importantly, it features the best anti-heroine I’ve read about in a long time. Mr Krisp has created an extraordinary new voice and we can’t wait to unleash Ivy on the unsuspecting world."
Other rights deals concluded so far are North American, Croat, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and Swedish, with more auctions underway.
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