Bloomsbury Children’s Books has acquired the world English rights to two middle-grade novels by Stephanie Burgis.
The deal was brokered by literary agent Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency with Rebecca McNally, publishing director at Bloomsbury Children’s Books in the UK, and Sarah Shumway, senior editor of Bloomsbury Children’s Books in the US.
The first book, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, is about a young dragon, who, after being tricked into tasting magical hot chocolate, is turned into a human girl.
“This is an irresistible story with a brilliant protagonist, wonderful characters and a thoroughly satisfying story,” said McNally. “It’s as delicious and enticing as mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day – it’s completely enchanting and timeless (and like all the best chocolate, it’s not too sugary).”
Publication is set for spring 2017 and Bloomsbury is planning a global marketing and publicity campaign.
Burgis, who has dual US and UK citizenship, is also the author of the YA fantasy trilogy ‘The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson’, which is published in the UK by Templar.