Sarah Odedina has acquired her first three titles for Pushkin Children’s Books, buying titles by Celia Rees, Marcella Pixley and Emily Murphy.
Celia Rees’ YA novel Glass Town Wars involves the Bronte sisters, a teenage boy and epic battles. Odedina bought world rights from Rachel Calder at the Tessa Sayle Agency and publication is set for 2018.
Ready to Fall by Marcella Pixley is a contemporary US novel about a boy dealing with a new school and the death of his mother. The deal was for UK and Commonwealth rights and the book will be published in summer 2017, alongside FSG's edition in the US.
Finally, The Disappearances by Emily Murphy is a magical story about “loss and the things that make life living”. Odedina again bought UK and Commonwealth rights, this time from Alex Webb at Rights People, and will publish in summer 2017 concurrently with Houghton Mifflin in the US.
Odedina said: “Each book showcases different and complementary areas of my personal loves in literature for young readers. Contemporary voices, magic, mystery and epic adventure – all written by hugely talented authors with distinct voices both stylistically and thematically.”
Odedina previously ran the children’s lists at OneWorld and Hot Key Books. Before that she was editor-in-chief for children’s books at Bloomsbury.