S&S Children's acquires "Arthurian" series

Simon & Schuster Children’s Books has acquired an adventure series inspired by Arthurian legend.
Venetia Gosling, fiction editorial director at Simon & Schuster, bought world rights to eight books from Ben Horslen at Hothouse Fiction, who has developed the series concept. The Spell Sisters series is written by "a very successful children's author", according to S&S, who will be writing under the pseudonym Amber Castle.

The series, edited by S&S editor Jane Griffiths, will launch with four books in March 2012 and one further title every four

Aimed at girls aged seven to nine, the series is about a young Guinevere, who embarks on a quest to protect the island of Avalon from evil sorceress Morgana de la Fey.

Griffiths said: "Spell Sisters instantly won us over with its brilliant mix of magic, myth and adventure. The series brings a fresh new twist to the Arthurian legend, putting Guinevere in the spotlight for the first time as a feisty heroine who doesn’t want to leave all the fun to the boys!

"The time seems right for this series, given the huge success of the Merlin television series, and we wanted to offer something a little bit different to girls who want a change from all things pink and sparkly."