Orchard Books has acquired Thirteen Days of Midnight by debut YA author Leo Hunt.
The book is about a boy called Luke Manchett who, when his father dies, acquires $6m and a collection of ghosts. The eight spirits want revenge for their enslavement by Manchett senior and Luke has just 13 days to work out how to send them to their eternal rest.
Megan Larkin, publishing director for Orchard Books, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the title in a two-book deal from Jenny Savill of Andrew Nurnberg Associates. The book will be published in 2015.
Larkin said: “Such an accomplished debut is a rare find, and we were delighted to beat off stiff competition to snap up Leo Hunt's brilliant first book. He is a future star, and we can't wait to get his book into the hands of readers.”
Rights have also been sold to Candlewick in the US, Arena Verlag in Germany and Rocco in Brazil.
Hunt is 22 years old and has just graduated from the University of East Anglia with a 1st in creative writing with American Literature.