Hot Key Books has signed up a trilogy of YA books from archaeologist Ruth Hatfield.
Editorial director Sara O'Connor signed world rights, minus North American territories, in The Book of Storms trilogy from Becky Bagnell at the Lindsay Literary Agency.
The books, aimed at 9 to 12-year-olds, follow a boy taking on the most powerful forces in the world, in order to rescue his parents.
Bagnell said: "Ruth is a talented new voice in middle grade fiction whose writing has a touch of the dark and magical wrapped up with a love of animals – what more could you ask?"
The first book in the trilogy will be published on October 2014.