Scholastic UK has signed a two-book deal with journalist and debut author Sue Wallman. The first title, a YA thriller called Lying About Last Summer, will be published in May 2016.
The story centres around a girl called Skye, who is sent to a camp for troubled teenagers after her sister dies in an accident. However, once she is at the camp she starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister.
Wallman is currently writer-in-residence at Kingston University and won the 2013 First Chapter Competition, part of the prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
She said: “The idea for Lying About Last Summer started with a swimming pool, but you’ll have to read the book to find out why! I've spent a lot of time in pools, daydreaming about being published as I plough up and down, so it's unbelievably exciting to have a two-book deal with Scholastic.”
Scholastic acquired the world rights from Becky Bagnell at the Lindsay Literary Agency.