S&S finds Girl, Missing follow-up

Simon & Schuster Children's Books has signed up the sequel to debut bestseller Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie in a high five-figure deal.

Editorial director Venetia Gosling bought UK and Commonwealth rights including e-book rights to the follow-up, called Sister, Missing, from Rosemary Canter and Jodie Marsh at United Agents.

Sister, Missing will be published in hardcover in October 2011—McKenzie's first hardcover launch, with a "high profile" marketing and publicity campaign and national author tour planned—with the paperback to follow in summer 2012.

The title will take up the story of Lauren two years after the events of Girl, Missing, just as Lauren's youngest birth sister is kidnapped, in circumstances which are extremely similar to those in which Lauren was taken. 

Gosling said: "I'm very excited to be publishing the sequel to Girl, Missing—a book I have been pestering Sophie to write for a very long time! I know that, like me, there will be legions of her fans desperate to read this long-awaited instalment and we look forward to making it an even bigger hit than her hugely successful debut novel."

McKenzie has publlished 14 children's books, including the Medusa Project series and the Luke & Eve trilogy. Girl, Missing was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2008.