Penguin Random House division Puffin has acquired a feminist MG novel by debut author Maria Kuzniar.
The Girl With Two Shadows is the first book in a series about a daring bookworm called Aleja and a crew of female pirates.
Kuzniar, who runs the Instagram page @cosyreads, said: “Stories of pirates, treasure hunters and explorers have always fascinated me, but as a girl I often felt left out of them. I wrote The Girl with Two Shadows because we need more adventure stories with girls at the helm. I’m thrilled and delighted that my pirates have found a home with Puffin and can’t wait for readers to meet them.”
Editor Emma Jones bought world English rights to two books from Thérèse Coen at Hardman and Swainson and will publish The Girl with Two Shadows in February 2020.