Leicester-based independent children’s publisher Sweet Cherry Publishing is to launch two imprints in October, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Clock Tower will champion marginalised and diverse voices, aiming to bring readers a range of trade fiction for all ages, including standalone and series titles, while Cherry Stone will focus on bringing literary classics to a modern audience.
The first publishing from Clock Tower will be released early in 2022, and will include the neurodiverse middle-grade novel by Isabelle Marinov, Boy Underground in October. The novel follows an autistic 12-year-old protagonist, Hugo, who finds comfort in maps, especially that of the Paris underground with its maze of tunnels, quarries, bunkers and catacombs. Further acquisitions for Clock Tower Publishing will be announced over the coming weeks.
Two collections will be released on 14th October by Cherry Stone, including The Art of War and Other Military Classics from Ancient China, and an eight-book box set of Maurice Leblanc’s gentleman-thief Arsène Lupin.
M.d. Abdul Thadha said: "Marking our 10th year in children's publishing is a huge celebration for Sweet Cherry. It's been incredible to watch our list develop, our team grow and our global reach widening year on year while remaining true to our humble Leicester roots. It's been a decade but it's only the beginning for Sweet Cherry as we launch two new imprints, hire and develop publishing's rising stars and bring more and more great stories within everyone's reach."
As part of further publishing to mark Sweet Cherry’s 10th anniversary, the publisher will release 10 of Dick King-Smith’s titles next year to mark the centenary of the author’s birth. Further anniversary celebrations will be announced over the coming weeks.