Penguin Random House (PRH) Children’s has bought Are You Watching?, a YA thriller about a girl who takes part in a reality show, by debut author Vincent Ralph.
The book is about a girl called Jess whose mother was murdered 10 years ago. The killer, MagpieMan, is still at large, so she decides to take part in a reality online show to lure her mother’s murderer from wherever he is hiding.
Ralph, a former teacher and content editor, said: “The first line of Are You Watching? came to me years ago. When I added the You Tube hook, I realised it was a story I had to tell. I love scary movies and wanted to do something similar with this book, creating a character you root for in a worldwhere you don’t know what’s around the corner (or at the end of the alley). Signing with PRH Children's is a dream come true and I cannot wait for others to read it.”
Commissioning editor Tig Wallace bought world rights from Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge & White in a two-book deal and will publish in February 2020.