Random House Children's Publishers has acquired two books from debut author Polly Ho-Yen, who previously worked in marketing at Hodder, with the first to be a stand-alone novel for readers aged 9+.
Boy in the Tower is described by the publisher as "a captivating fable about fear and hope, loneliness and friendship". Lauren Buckland, fiction commissioning editor at RHCP bought UK and Commonwealth rights from the Darley Anderson Agency.
The story is told by nine-year-old narrator Ade who lives with his agoraphobic mother at the top of a south London tower block. One day, menacing giant plants appear and start destroying all the buildings on the estate. Everyone is forced to evacuate, until Ade is left alone to face them.
Boy in the Tower will be published in summer 2014. Ho-Yen now works as a primary school teacher.