Children's author Robin Stevens (pictured) is to write a sequel to The London Eye Mystery by the late Siobhan Dowd for Penguin Random House Children’s.
The London Eye Mystery is about a boy called Ted whose brain has its “own operating system”. When his cousin disappears on the London Eye, Ted and his sister Kat try to solve the mystery of where Salim has gone. The book was first published in June 2007, shortly before Dowd’s death, by Corgi Children’s, which is an imprint of what was then Random House Children’s.
Stevens, who is the author of the Murder Most Unladylike series of murder mysteries (PRH Children’s), will write a sequel entitled The Guggenheim Mystery. Dowd came up with the title before her death, though the story itself is a new creation by Stevens.
PRH Children’s editorial director Kelly Hurst and commissioning editor Natalie Doherty acquired the world English rights from Hilary Delamere at The Agency and Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency.
Publication of The Guggenheim Mystery set for August 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of the original, and a portion of the royalties will be donated to the Siobhan Dowd Trust.
Doherty said: “It is an honour to publish a new story spun from the characters and world created by Siobhan Dowd. Siobhan was an exceptional writer, and The London Eye Mystery continues to be one of Penguin Random House Children’s most enduring books. Siobhan always intended to write a sequel, and we are thrilled that another of our hugely exciting and talented authors, Robin Stevens, will take up the mantle.”
Stevens added: “I’m immensely excited to take up the challenge of writing a sequel - it feels as though I’ve been handed a real-life mystery, and I hope I’m up to the task of solving it. It’s a privilege to work on this project, and I will endeavor to do Siobhan and Ted proud.”
Stevens will also write an introduction for the new edition of The London Eye Mystery, which will be published later this year.