Walker Books has acquired a historical fantasy by debut author RM Romero at auction.
Publisher Denise Johnstone-Burt acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to The Dollmaker of Kraków, a mixture of history and Slavic folklore, from Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency, on behalf of Jenny Bent, in a two-book deal
Johnstone-Burt said: "The moment I read this moving, magical novel of finding friendship in the darkest of places I knew we had discovered a classic in the making. The Dollmaker of Krakow a powerful emotional story, blending magic, fairytale and history in an unforgettable way."
Walker Books will publish the novel as an illustrated hardback in October 2017.
Jenny Bent has also sold rights in the US, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, France, Russia, Turkey, Portugal and Romania.