David Fickling Books (DFB) has secured rights deals with US publishers for Thornhill by Pam Smy and for The Call by Peadar O’Guilin.
Macmillan US offered a “substantial pre-empt” for the North American rights to Thornhill, a story about two girls told using illustration and text.
Simon Boughton, publisher at Roaring Book Press (an imprint of the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group) said that Thornhill is “a remarkable book - the bewitching story of two girls' lives told in two very different and thoroughly compelling storytelling languages. Pam Smy is a wonderful talent, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to publish her in North America”.
The UK publication date has not yet been announced.
DFB also sold the North American rights to The Call to Scholastic US in a two-book deal. The novel is described as a “hard-hitting YA offering set in an alternate, desolate vision of the world” and will be published in the UK in 2016.
Both deals were brokered by DFB rights director Bronwen Bennie.