Egmont has bought four historical adventure stories by Katherine Woodfine, featuring the main characters from her previous series, The Sinclair’s Mysteries.
‘Taylor & Rose: Secret Agents’, will launch in August 2018 with book one, Peril in Paris, in which Sophie and Lil head to Paris to solve a case for the mysterious Secret Service Bureau. Books two, three and four will see the girls head to different locations but there will be an overriding storyline across the series.
The books will be accompanied by illustrations and cover art from Karl James Mountford.
“Katherine is an ambassador for children’s books and an inspiration to her readers,” said Ali Dougal, who acquired world English rights from Louise Lamont at LBA. “We’re proud to be her publisher, and of everything she brings to our growing middle-grade list: brilliantly plotted mysteries, exquisite historical detail, gorgeous global locations – and strong heroines getting things done.”
Woodfine added: “I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with Egmont and the brilliant team behind the Sinclair’s Mysteries on this new series. It was while researching the Sinclair’s Mysteries that I became aware of the enormous popularity of spy novels in the years before World War I - which is also when MI5 and MI6 began. I was immediately excited by the opportunity to take inspiration from classic spy stories, as well as real-life tales of brave and bold female spies, and to whisk Sophie, Lil and their friends into the thrilling and dangerous world of Edwardian espionage.”