HarperCollins Children’s pre-empts 'arresting' debut

HarperCollins Children’s pre-empts 'arresting' debut

HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired a pre-emptive, two-book deal with debut author Tom Mitchell.

Mitchell’s first book, How to Rob a Bank, is about a boy called Dylan who thinks robbing a bank will make amends for burning down the house of the girl he wants to impress.

Harriet Wilson, senior editorial director at HarperCollins UK, acquired world rights from Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein on behalf of Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. The book will be published in March 2019 by HarperCollins UK as well as HarperCollins Italia and HarperCollins Iberica (in Spanish and Portuguese).

Wilson said: “An arresting concept, irresistible characters and a hilarious voice collide in a startlingly funny debut. It reminded me of everything I loved about John Hughes movies when I was younger: it’s Ferris Bueller meets farcical heist.”

Mitchell is a teacher based in Orpington, Kent.