Raccoon Rampage for HCCB

HarperCollins Children's Books has bought two new books from the author of the Spy Dog series.

Editorial director Harriet Wilson bought world rights to Raccoon Rampage by Andrew Cope from Jodie Marsh at United Agents. The book is about a team of daring raccoons attempting to pull off the heist of their lives.

The publisher will release it as part of its Awesome Animals list, which features titles including Ian Whybrow's Meerkat Madness and Jeanne Willis' Penguin Pandemonium.

The first Raccoon Rampage book will be published in May 2012 and the second in August 2012.

Wilson said: "Andrew's skill for crafting page-turning adventures and cool characters is deployed to full effect in an adventure which is part 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' and part 'Stand By Me'—but with raccoons of course!"