Scholastic signs 'Victoriana fantasy' middle grade debut

Scholastic signs 'Victoriana fantasy' middle grade debut

Scholastic has bought a “magical" middle-grade adventure by debut author Vashti Hardy.

Linas Alsenas, commissioning editor at the publisher, struck a deal for world rights from Kate Shaw at the Viney Agency for Brightstorm: High Adventure in the Frozen South which will be published in March 2018.

The title is billed by Alsenas as “perfect for fans of Peter Bunzl’s Cogheart [Usborne} and readers who may be a bit too young for the His Dark Materials and Mortal Engines series.” She also described Brightstorm as a “cracker”.

She said: “This feel-good adventure hits all the Victorian fantasy sweetspots: flying ships, talking animals, family secrets and a stunning villainess. The characters are a delight to spend time with and the plot, packed with feats of derring-do, pulls you in and zips along.”

Shaw said: "Brightstorm is a thrilling middle-grade fantasy by the very talented Vashti Hardy, whose heroes, Arthur and Maudie, will capture readers' hearts.”

She added that it was about “finding a new place and family after you’ve lost yours”.

Hardy said: "I can’t wait to welcome readers to the crew of the Aurora to journey with the Brightstorm twins as they adventure across continents in search of the truth, armed only with their courage and determination.”