'Challenging' YA debut for Atom

'Challenging' YA debut for Atom

Little, Brown Book Group has acquired Unspeakable, a YA debut from author Abbie Rushton, for publication in its Atom imprint next spring.

Kate Agar, commissioning editor at Atom, acquired world rights from Jodie Hodges at United Agents.

Unspeakable tells the story of a the relationship between Megan, who hasn’t spoken for a year, and Jasmine, a new girl at Megan’s school.

Atom said it is committed to publishing important YA novels that deal with a range of contemporary and challenging issues, and Unspeakable tackles the themes of selective mutism and same-sex teen relationships.

“When I started to read Unspeakable I was gripped; by the time I had finished I was certain I'd found a fantastic new voice for UK YA,” said Agar. “The writing draws you in immediately and difficult topics are handled with ease. Unspeakable is a thriller, certainly, but it's the assured handling of first love and complicated friendships in this debut that will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page.”

Author Rushton was a winner in the 2010 Undiscovered voices competition, run by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.