Penny Thomas, publisher at Firefly Press has acquired world rights to Little Horror, the debut children's novel from TV writer Daniel Peak, in a deal made with Abi Sparrow at SP Agency.
The synopsis for the middle-grade thriller reads: "Rita may be a baby, but she has the mind (and attitude) of a teenager. She may be new to walking but she’s as wise-crackingly clever as anyone in Key Stage 3. She knows she is not a normal toddler, but when her parents disappear and a sinister clown and an ice-cream van seem to be hunting her down, even a soft-play centre might not be safe... It will take all Rita’s cunning and resourcefulness, as well as a cat flap, a mobility scooter and a reluctant teenage sidekick, to defeat an evil conspiracy and a crazy genius villain. Imagine 'The Fugitive'—if Harrison Ford was two feet tall and wearing Pampers."
Editor Rebecca Lloyd said: "A page-turning, hilarious debut with a brilliantly bonkers, feisty heroine, Little Horror had me biting my nails, while laughing out loud!"
Peak, a lead writer for CBBC's "Horrible Histories", commented: "I’m very honoured and excited to be joining the Firefly list alongside such brilliant writers. I can’t wait to send Rita on the run into the real world."
Little Horror will be published on 30th September 2021.