HCCG takes two more 'hilarious escapades' from Mitchell

HCCG takes two more 'hilarious escapades' from Mitchell

HarperCollins Children’s Books has landed two more “hilarious escapades” from middle-grade rising star Tom Mitchell.

Publishing director Harriet Wilson acquired world rights from Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein on behalf of Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

First published in 2019, Mitchell’s previous novels How to Rob A Bank and That Time I Got Kidnapped have been translated into five languages to date. This new deal will see HarperCollins extend their publishing with him into 2022.

Escape from Camp Boring, the first book in the new deal, follows the story of Will, a boy who is sent to a "rewilding" camp for teenage tech addicts. “A rollicking adventure ensues when Will leads three new friends on an escape attempt through the wilderness back to civilisation.” It will publish in paperback in July 2021, with simultaneous e-book and audio publication.

Wilson said: “Tom has been a teacher for more years than he will let me tell you. He knows what makes kids laugh and how to keep them reading. Tom’s novels are hi-larious, high-concept stories kids really want to read and I can’t wait to publish more of them!”

Mitchell added: “I'm extremely pleased to continue being published by HarperCollins Children’s, mainly because I get to continue working with all the glorious people there. And in a period when we’re all desperately worrying about screen time, Will’s mum goes one further: she sends her son to an anti-tech, rewilding camp. The perfect book to close your laptop for!”