Nosy Crow has acquired the rights to two standalone middle-grade novels by Hayley Webster.
Tom Bonnick, senior commissioning editor at Nosy Crow, acquired world rights in all languages from Jo Unwin at the Jo Unwin Literary Agency.
He said: “I first came across Hayley’s beautiful writing on Twitter, and straight away I knew that I wanted to read more from her. She is a born storyteller, with the most incredibly distinctive and nuanced voice, filled with empathy, insight, and wry humour, and I am delighted to be publishing her first middle-grade novels.”
The first novel in the deal, Luna Rae Is Not Alone, explores "the shame of parental neglect, and how hard it is for children to ask for help", and will be published in July 2021, with a second book to follow in July 2022.
Webster said:“I'm absolutely delighted that Nosy Crow will be publishing Luna Rae Is Not Alone. Luna is a character close to my heart and I've wanted to put her in a story for a long time. Nosy Crow are known for publishing exciting and meaningful children's fiction, so I'm honoured to be part of their publishing story, and to work with Tom Bonnick as an editor to bring Luna's story to life!”
Webster has also written The Twitches series for emerging readers (Usborne) under the name Hayley Scott, and has sold 10,394 books for £56,395 through Nielsen BookScan's UK TCM.