Scholastic buys ‘spine-chilling’ debut by Bath Spa graduate

Scholastic buys ‘spine-chilling’ debut by Bath Spa graduate

Scholastic has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to The Switching Hour, a middle-grade novel about a creature that snatches children to eat their dreams, by debut author Damaris Young.            

Lauren Fortune, who acquired the novel in a two-book deal from Alice Sutherland-Hawes at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency, said: “The Switching Hour is a bewitchingly beautiful, spine-chilling story of courage, friendship and fears that come alive after dark. Damaris is an exceptionally talented storyteller and I knew this was a must-have book for our fiction list as soon as I opened the manuscript. Page-turning, atmospheric, pacy adventure at its finest.”

The story is about Amaya, who lives with her grandmother, her small brother Kaleb and her pet goat in a land suffering a terrible drought. Every night, the doors must be locked at twilight, the Switching Hour, because the drought has awoken Badoko, a creature that snatches children away to eat their dreams. When Kaleb is taken by Badoko, Amaya must journey into the terrifying forest to find him.

Damaris spent her childhood in Southern and Central Africa and studied on the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University. She now lives in Bristol.

The Switching Hour will be published on 1st August.