Macmillan Children's signs new Stewart/Riddell series

Macmillan Children’s Books has bought world rights for three books in a futuristic new series by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.

The pair, who have previously written The Edge Chronicles and won a handful of awards between them, have now written a series called Scavenger which revolves around a boy, his spaceship and a hundred robots “bent on his destruction”.

Rights were signed from Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley.

Belinda Rasmussen, publisher at Macmillan’s Children’s Books, said: “This is Paul & Chris at their absolute best—a gripping story bursting with illustrations to pore over, each picture adding an extra element of fun to a plot that will appeal to a wide range of readers.”

Macmillan will launch the series in 2014 in paperback and e-book.