Hodder acquires YA urban thriller

Hodder acquires YA urban thriller

Hodder Children’s Books has acquired Last Man Standing, a coming-of-age urban thriller, by debut author Patrice Lawrence.
 
In the story, 16-year-old Marlon has promised his widowed mum that he’ll be good, and nothing like his gang-leader brother, Andre. However, everything changes when his first date with Sonya ends in tragedy and Marlon enters Andre’s world of guns, knives and drug runs.
 
Emma Goldhawk, senior editor at Hodder, acquired the world rights, excluding the US and Canada, in a two-book deal from Caroline Sheldon at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.
 
“I knew I wanted to acquire Last Man Standing before I’d finished the first chapter,” said Goldhawk. “Part urban thriller, part moving family drama, part coming of age story, the action is uncompromising and powerful, yet punctuated by moments of extraordinary tenderness. Patrice is going to be a new star in contemporary YA, and I can’t wait to get this exceptional book into the hands of readers.”
 
Sheldon said: “Patrice Lawrence, a writer of Caribbean heritage, brilliantly captures the mores of modern day Hackney as her hero,Marlon, is caught up in a spiralling series of events that catapult him out of his up-to-then role of well-behaved conscientious school boy. An exciting new voice for British teen literature.”
 
Hodder will publish Last Man Standing in spring 2016. A second standalone title will follow in 2017.