Usborne Publishing has acquired a middle-grade book by debut author Peter Bunzl.
Rebecca Hill, Usborne fiction director, acquired the world rights (excluding the US and Canada) in a two-book deal from Jo Williamson of Antony Harwood, to Cogheart, which is about a girl investigating her father’s disappearance.
In the novel, 13-year-old Lily tries to find out what happened to her father, who disappeared after a routine Zeppelin flight. She travels to London with Robert, the local clockmaker’s son, but she is not the only person searching for her father, as there are “men in the shadows” also on his trail.
Usborne beat four other publishers at auction and Hill said she is “thrilled” to have won the deal. “It's an extraordinary debut: wildly imaginative, with remarkable characterisation and a wonderful adventure story at its core. We are convinced that Peter's story is going to delight young readers everywhere.”
As well as writing Bunzl is also an animator and he has worked on two two BAFTA winning cartoon series (Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! and The Secret Show). His film, "Mind Games" was a finalist for Virgin Media Shorts (2008).
Cogheart will be published in spring 2016.