Wales-based children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press has acquired the first children’s book from author Horatio Clare.
Penny Thomas, publisher at Firefly Press, acquired world English language rights to Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot from Zoe Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd.
Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot is a modern day fable aimed at eight to 12-year-olds that tackles the theme of depression and will be illustrated with line drawings by new illustrator Jane Matthews. It’s the story of Aubrey, a rambunctious young boy whose antics often land him in trouble. When his father Jim falls under a horrendous spell, everything changes but Aubrey decides he can break the spell and fight the unkillable spirit of despair, The Terrible Yoot.
Firefly Press publisher Penny Thomas said: “We’re so delighted to sign this book. Horatio has shown he is an outstanding writer for adults and Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot is an exceptional children’s story. It is warm-hearted, funny and brave, tackling the huge issue of depression with directness and vision.”
Clare is best known for Running for the Hills (John Murray), his memoir of growing up in the Black Mountains of south Wales which won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2007, and travel memoir A Single Swallow (Vintage).
He said: “With a fantastic illustrator and the team at Firefly, who really got this book straight away, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot has a wonderful shot at the mission it was made for: to face the Blues, and dance. I feel deeply privileged, and seriously excited, to be part of such a project.”
Firefly Press will publish Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot in September 2015.