Chicken House has acquired two standalone middle-grade novels by Maz Evans, author of the Who Let The Gods Out? series.
Editorial director Rachel Leyshon bought world rights from Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates and will publish the first book in 2020, with more details to be released soon.
Leyshon said: “I’ve been the lucky editor on all of Maz’s books to date and am thrilled to have this further opportunity to work with her on new and different projects, and widen her readership still further. She’s the funniest writer in children’s books today, already a huge star, and we’re very proud to continue as her publishers. We’re looking forward to surprising and delighting readers, and scaling even greater heights with these new standalone novels.”
Evans is a former journalist and TV critic and founded Story Stew, a creative writing programme that visits primary schools and literary festivals around the UK. Maz Evans also runs the BookBuddy venture, pairing schools with the books they need, and her books have sold nearly 70,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan.
“I am delighted to be renewing my vows with Chicken House,” said Evans. “The months of brinkmanship, countless resignations and that seriously awkward weekend at Chequers were absolutely worth it and I can't wait to create more clucking marvellous adventures together.”