Nosy Crow has acquired a middle-grade fantasy series with a “feminist twist” by Ellen Renner.
The first novel, Tempest’s Daughter, follows the adventures of 13-year-old Storm, who worries that she may be a weather witch, even though weather witches are always men. When the island she lives on faces a violent threat she knows her secret will be revealed so runs away to sea.
Nosy Crow acquired world rights in all languages from Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates and is aiming to publish Tempest’s Daughter in July 2016, with an “extensive” PR and marketing campaign. Three further titles in the series will be announced in due course.
Nosy Crow’s head of fiction Kirsty Stansfied said: “I’m a huge fan of Ellen’s books and am delighted to have a whole new epic fantasy sequence with such a powerful set of messages on the fiction list. She’s one of the best world-builders in the business.”
Renner, who was born in the US but now lives in the UK, is the author of several books for children and young people, including Castle of Shadows (Orchard Books), City of Thieves (Orchard Books) and Tribute (Hot Key Books).