Penguin Random House Children’s has acquired a new picture book by author and illustrator sisters Natalia and Lauren O’Hara.
Hortense and the Shadow, due for publication in October 2017, is about a girl who tries to get rid of her shadow, before finding herself alone in a dark forest.
Andrea MacDonald, editorial director at Penguin Random House Children’s, acquired world rights in all language rights in a two-book deal from Angharad Kowal at Writers House.
McDonald said: “Shadow is a thrilling and wonderfully atmospheric adventure, which reminds me of the traditional fables that cast their spell on me when I was a child. Reading it felt like discovering a forgotten fairytale; I'm so excited, as are the whole team, about working with Lauren and Natalia on their special, stunning stories.”