Egmont buys YA thriller with disabled narrator

Egmont buys YA thriller with disabled narrator

Egmont has acquired a YA novel narrated by a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.

I Have No Secrets, a debut novel by Penny Joelsen, is about Jemma, who relies on her family and carer for everything. People tell her their secrets, including her carer’s boyfriend, who has committed murder.

Fiction editor Stella Paskins acquired world rights in all languages from Anne Clark at the Anne Clark Literary Agency in a two book deal.

Paskins said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be publishing such a unique and unputdownable novel.  Jemma’s voice is incredible.  She may be unable to move or speak, but her mind is sharp, her observations are wry and her nature is inquisitive.  Besides being a voice of diversity in teenage and YA fiction, I think Jemma also speaks for all children who feel powerless or frustrated because adults ignore or won’t listen to them.”

Egmont will publish I Have No Secrets under its Electric Monkey list in May 2017.