HarperCollins Children's signs debut trilogy

HarperCollins Children's signs debut trilogy

HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired a trilogy about the irrepressible Harry ‘Shoutykid’ Riddles, by debut author Simon Mayle.

Harriet Wilson, editorial director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, acquired World rights from Kate McLennan at AbnerStein.

Wilson said: “We snapped up Shoutykid because the hilarious voice of Harry Riddles shouted loud and clear that he was the funniest kid in fiction. You can’t help but fall for Harry – as his life unravels he remains relentlessly optimistic and his genuine belief that the world’s luminaries might lend him a hand (or a tenner) is both moving and side-splittingly funny. Now that Harry has found his voice, you’re sure to be hearing a lot more from him.”

The Shoutykid books are aimed at children aged 9 and over. In the first book, titled Shoutykid – How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-Amazing Zombie Movie, Harry is trying to find money to make his movie “My Pet Zombie”, his dad needs a job, and the school play is going to end in disaster. Undeterred, Harry decides to write to anyone and everyone who might help him out, including the Queen, Daniel Craig and Harry Styles. His adventures are told through letters, emails, texts and more.  

Mayle is a film and television screenwriter whose credits include “There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble”. He lives in Cornwall with his wife and children.

HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish Shoutykid in June 2014.