Bloomsbury Children’s has acquired Stealing Snow, a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen for a YA audience, by US author Danielle Paige.
Cindy Loh, publishing director for Bloomsbury Children’s in the US, acquired the title in a two-book, global acquisition deal from Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary. It will be published in the US and the UK in autumn 2016.
“Stealing Snow bashes stereotypes to bits and dances the fine line and gray space between villain and hero in ways reminiscent of 'Wicked' and 'Maleficent',” says Loh. “This is 'Frozen' all grown up, written by one of the most talented YA authors in the business.”
In the book, a seventeen-year-old girl called Snow escapes a mental institution in upstate New York and ends up lost in Algid, a Winterland of ice. She meets the River Witch who tells her she must save the mysterious frozen land from the evil King Lazar and claim it for her own or she will never escape.
“When I was a kid, stories that began with “once upon a time” were my favorite kind,” said Paige. “Now I’m writing one. Stealing Snow is a lot more grown up, but the stakes remain—power, love, and whether or not there is a happily ever after.”
Paige is also the author of Dorothy Must Die and its upcoming sequel The Wicked Will Rise, published in the UK by HarperCollins.