Bloomsbury Children’s Books has acquired the rights to the middle grade action adventure series Spy Toys by Mark Powers.
In the series the world’s biggest toy manufacturer makes toys with computerised brains for the rich and famous. Dan (a Snugliffic Cuddlestar bear) has a faulty chip so is thrown on a reject pile, where he is invited, along with a doll and a robot rabbit, to join the ‘Spy Toys’. Their first mission is to protect the prime minister's eight-year-old son from being kidnapped.
“When I was a kid I always daydreamed that my teddy bear went off on top secret missions when I was at school,” said Powers. “A team of toys recruited as spies seemed a great idea for a story. And to now have that story published by Bloomsbury is a dream come true.”
Bloomsbury bought world rights in all languages from Kate Shaw at the Viney Agency.
Three books are planned, with the first to be released across Bloomsbury’s global companies in August 2016.