Bloomsbury has signed Meg Rosoff's first novel for adults, a romantic comedy set in New York.
Helen Garnons-Williams, publishing director for fiction, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, at auction from Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates.
Duck Zoo tells the story of Jonathan, his dogs Dante and Sissy, and their vet Dr Clare, along with a wedding that feels more like a funeral, an office job that feels like the ninth circle of hell and a guardian angel named Greeley.
Garnons-Williams said: "Meg Rosoff is an author we have long admired. Her wit, her gift for acute observation, her dazzling imagination and her ability to capture the zeitgeist have already won her an army of devoted readers. With her new novel, the first to be published into the adult market she is set to win many thousands more. We are over the moon to be welcoming Meg to Bloomsbury and to be publishing this brilliantly funny and utterly delightful book."
Duck Zoo will be published in hardback and e-book in spring 2016.
Rosoff is best known for her YA novel How I Live Now (Penguin), which won the Guardian Children's Prize and the Printz Award in the US, and was adapted into a film stating Saoirse Ronan.