A "feel-good" YA romance, celebrating self-acceptance and standing up to bullying and homophobia, has been acquired by the Hodder Children's Books imprint.
Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins, who lives in São Paulo, Brazil, has been translated from Portuguese by Larissa Helena to publish this November in e-book and in January 2021 in paperback.
Naomi Greenwood, senior commissioning editor, signed the deal for UK and Commonwealth rights with Jennifer Powell at Scholastic US.
Greenwood said: "I can’t stop gushing about this book! I have fallen hard for Felipe, who is one of the most relatable YA characters I’ve read in a long time. This book deals with so much, so effortlessly. Felipe’s journey to self-acceptance and love is told with charm and humour and authenticity; it is laced with hope and leaves you with the most joyous feel-good energy. We are so excited to be publishing our first South American book in translation and warmly welcome Vitor Martins to Hachette Children’s Group."
Here the Whole Time is Martins’ debut novel, originally published as Quinze Dias in 2017 by Brazilian publisher Globo Alt. Vitor works as an illustrator and book marketer, including illustrating the Portuguese edition of Dear Evan Hanson in Brazil.
Vitor said: "Getting Here the Whole Time to cross the ocean all the way to the UK is something that I couldn’t imagine even in my wildest dreams. This is a book about finding hope and joy in the little things and I am beyond thrilled to share this self-love journey with readers from a place I’ve never been before. But Felipe is on his way and I bet he’s gonna love it."