Phoenix Yard to expand fiction

Phoenix Yard Books, which launched in 2011, is to expand its fiction publishing in 2013 with three new fiction series, including early readers and middle grade fiction.

The company published nine books this year, focusing on picture books. Next year, half of the 18 titles it publishes will be fiction.

Publisher Emma Langley has acquired UK and Commonwealth English-language rights to Arthur, a series of early readers for five- to seven-year-olds, from Quebecois publisher Dominique et Compagnie. The first book, Arthur and the Mystery of the Egg, will publish in 2013, with four more to follow that year.

Phoenix Yard will also publish a début novel by Australian writer Isabel Ogilvie, The Luchair Stones (Red Dragon Chronicles), to which it has world rights. Langley described it as "Lord of the Rings with a North Pole setting".

The publisher has also acquired world rights in Wixi Robot, a new series for readers aged seven years plus by Rosalie Warren, writing as Sam Warren, which follows a boy and a robot that becomes his friend and nemesis.