Orchard acquires YA fantasy series

Orchard acquires YA fantasy series

Orchard Books has acquired a new YA fantasy series from Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Blue Bloods series (Atom), and her husband Michael Johnston.
 
The three-book deal for the UK and Commonweath rights, excluding Canada, was brokered by Megan Larkin, publishing director for Orchard Books and Helen Boomer at Penguin USA.
 
Larkin said: “I am a huge fan of the Blue Bloods series, and am delighted to bring Melissa and Michael’s amazing new series to Orchard. [First title] Frozen is an exciting blend of action adventure and fantasy, with characters you really care about.”
 
The series, Heart of Dread, is set in a world that is frozen over, with Las Vegas being the only civilisation remaining. A 16-year-old blackjack called Natasha Kestal meets a runner called Ryan Wesson and together they travel to “the Blue”, a mythical land where the sun still shines.
 
Frozen will be published in October.