Little, Brown Book Group has acquired the first YA title from adult novelist Alex Wheatle.
Liccle Bit is told from the perspective of Lemar, a boy growing up on an inner city estate. Over the course of the book he has to contend with his feelings for the hottest girl in school, as well as the interest of South Crongton’s notorious gang leader.
Publisher Karen Ball, who acquired the world rights from Laura Susijn at The Susijn Agency, said: “Reading the manuscript on my morning commute, I found myself grinning from ear to ear at the voice and personality that leapt off the page. Lemar is a very special hero of YA fiction and I know readers will come to love him just as much as I do.”
Liccle Bit will publish under the Atom imprint in March 2015.
Wheatle is also the author several adult titles, including Brixton Rock (Blackamber Books), East of Acre Lane (Fourth Estate) and The Dirty South (Serpent’s Tail).