Usborne has bought a middle grade novel by debut author Tamsin Winter and a teen fantasy by Susan Wilson ahead of London Book Fair.
Winter’s Being Miss Nobody is a novel about growing up, likened by Usborne to Jacqueline Wilson and a young Holly Bourne. Fiction director Rebecca Hill acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights in a two-book deal from Luigi Bonomi at LBA and will publish in summer 2017.
“Being Miss Nobody is a pitch-perfect look at the double-edged power of social media and how hard fitting in can be, told from the unique perspective of a girl struggling with selective mutism,” said Hill. “I’ve been waiting to find a book like this for a very long time.”
Usborne has also acquired the UK and Commonwealth (English Language) rights to Wilson’s teen adventure Extinction Code, about two 15-year-olds who join an expedition to a continent inhabited by dinosaurs.
Extinction is the first teen book by Wilson, who has written 15 novels for Harlequin under the pen name Scarlet Wilson.
Sarah Stewart, senior commissioning editor at Usborne, struck the deal with Sarah Manning at United Talent Agency.
Stewart said: “The ruthless world Susan has created masterfully taps into our primal fears. It’s a nerve-jangling, gut-wrenching, deliciously vivid story of survival for teen boys and girls alike and we can’t wait to unleash it on readers.”