Bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson will publish two new novels this year, including a contemporary re-imagining of the classic Victorian novel What Katy Did.
First to be published will be The Butterfly Club, Wilson’s 101st book, about a triplet who lives in the shadows of her two sisters. It will be published under the Doubleday imprint on the 12th February.
Her second book this year is entitled Katy and is a modern version of What Katy Did, the 1872 children’s book written by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey under the pen name of Susan Coolidge. Katy will be published by Puffin Books on 30th July. Wilson previously wrote an updated version of E Nesbit's Five Children and It for Puffin.
Both The Butterfly Club and Katy will appear in hardback.
Last year Random House Children’s Publishers (RHCP) published Wilson’s 100th book, Opal Plumstead, about a 14-year-old factory worker who gets involved in the suffragette movement just before World War One.
To mark the milestone, Wilson took part in a range of events, including a “summer storython” with WH Smith, and appeared at literary festivals in Cheltenham and Wimbledon. She was also presented with a lifetime inspiration award at the Literally… Coventry Book Festival.
In related news, CBBC will this year screen a nine-part TV adaptation of Wilson’s Hetty Feather, about a Victorian foundling. The series has just finished filming at Cobham Hall, Kent, and will be broadcast in early summer.