Orion Children’s Books has acquired a new adventure series by Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries books, set in Roman Britain.
Editor Felicity Johnston acquired the world rights to four books, excluding the US and Canada, from Clare Pearson at Eddison Pearson.
The series, entitled The Seekers, is set in AD 94 and is about three siblings who travel to Londinium from Rome to flee the henchman of evil Emporor Domitian. In Britain they team up with a British girl, who guides them in their new world, and a mysterious Jewish boy.
“The characters will find kidnapped children, missing parents and lost pets,” said Lawrence. “I am aiming for it to be completely new and fresh whilst keeping the historical accuracy, humour and fast-moving pace of the Roman Mysteries.”
Johnston said: “Caroline is a master of historical action-adventure and the whole team at Orion Children’s is delighted to be publishing her brilliant new series, which will be told with Caroline’s distinctive style and understanding of the ancient world. The Seekers will be eagerly anticipated by fans of her Roman Mysteries and will also be an opportunity for us to introduce a brand new generation of readers to Caroline’s wonderful storytelling.”
Orion will publish the first book, The Seekers: Escape From Rome, in hardback in May 2016.