Orchard Books has acquired two titles in the Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse series by Curtis Jobling.
The series is about Max Helsing, the descendent of the original Van Helsing vampire-killer, as he battles modern-day monsters in between schoolwork and monster-slaying training.
Editorial director Jessica Clarke, who bought the UK and commonwealth rights from Kim Ryan at Penguin Random House US, said: "We're so thrilled that Orchard will be the home of Max Helsing – a monster hunter with more fight than Alex Rider and more wise-cracking quips than Percy Jackson. I've long been a fan of Curtis's YA novels, so it's such a privilege to be working with him on this fantastic new series that I know middle-grade readers will love."
Jobling is the British author of several books for children, including the Wereworld series (Puffin) and Frankenstein’s Cat (Hodder). He also designed the BBC’s children’s TV show Bob the Builder.
Orchard is planning to publish summer 2016. Random House will publish in the US in November 2015.