Usborne has acquired two middle-grade novels by Lara Williamson and will publish the first, The Boy Who Was Ace, in autumn 2016.
The Boy Who Was Ace is about an adopted boy called Adam Butters, whose birth name was Ace. One day he decides to find his birth mother, although when things don’t go to plan, his adoptive family has to pick up the pieces.
Usborne secured the English language rights from Madeleine Milburn of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency.
Rebecca Hill, fiction director at Usborne, said: “I’m thoroughly delighted that Usborne has secured a two-book deal with Lara Williamson... We’re all incredibly excited to see where Lara’s irrepressible heroes and phenomenal storytelling take us next.”
Usborne also published Williamson’s first two books: A Boy Called Hope and The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, which is currently Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month.
- S&S Children's land two YA novels from Dean
- HarperFiction pre-empts Irwin's debut Regency novel in 48-hour swoop
- HQ acquires three crime novels from digital author O'Sullivan
- Amazon Publishing acquires new novel from Teresa Driscoll
- Hachette Children's signs two from Penguin publicist Kate Gilby Smith