Puffin acquires Mabbitt debut

Puffin acquires Mabbitt debut

Puffin has acquired middle-grade series The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones, about a girl who finds herself on a pirate ship, by debut author Will Mabbitt.

Junior editor Laura Squire and editorial director Ben Horslen acquired world rights in two books from Paul Moreton of Bell Lomax Moreton.

“This is young middle-grade writing at its best – funny, anarchic and adventurous, with a deliciously ingenious girl at its heart,” said Squire. “Think Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon with a dash of Lemony Snicket to give the story a hint of darkness and danger.”

The first title in the deal, The Voyage of the Feroshus Maggot, will be launched in spring 2015.

US rights have been sold to Ken Wright and Joanna Cardenas at Viking, Penguin US.