Firefly Press has snapped up a middle-grade fantasy novel by debut author Loris Owen.
Penny Thomas, publisher at Firefly Press, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith from Anne Clark at the Anne Clark Literary Agency. The publication date is to be confirmed.
"When Wilbo Bramley receives a cryptic invitation, delivered by a beetle-shaped drone which appears to be breathing, he has no idea how his life is about to change. But very soon he finds himself chasing riddles and solving puzzles set by an enigmatic Renaissance inventor and keeper of secrets, aided by new friends and, of course, his faithful pink fairy armadillo, Pinky," reads the synopsis. "But as things get dangerous it seems much more is at stake for Wilbo than winning top marks at his mysterious new school."
Thomas said: "The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith is a scintillating ride through mysteries, adventures and emotions for its young protagonist. Firefly is delighted to be publishing such a brilliant debut."