Orion Children's buys middle-grade debut

Orion Children's buys middle-grade debut

Orion Children's Books has acquired a debut novel described as "a fresh and exciting new voice for middle grade readers" by Irish author Nigel Quinlan.

Editorial director Amber Caraveo bought world rights excluding US in the fantasy adventure title, Nothing to Do With Leaves, from Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates. The book will be published in hardback and e-book in spring 2015, and by Roaring Brook Press in the US.

The novel follows the lives of the Weatherman and his children; four times a year, he answers the phone box outside their home in rural Ireland to usher in the new season. However, when autumn fails to arrive, strange things start to happen. It soon becomes clear that someone wants to destroy the Weatherman, the seasons and only 12-year-old Neil and his sister can stop them.

Caraveo said: "I was so impressed with the wonderful, lyrical qualities of Nigel's writing that I couldn't wait to bring him onto our list. Nothing to Do With Leaves is a fun and funny adventure with lovely quirky details from myth and folklore."