Walker signs new MG comic fantasy adventure by Amy Sparkes

Walker signs new MG comic fantasy adventure by Amy Sparkes

Publisher Walker Books has snapped up The House at the Edge of Magic, a middle-grade comic fantasy adventure by picture book author Amy Sparkes in a two-book deal. 

Denise Johnstone-Burt bought the title at auction from Julia Churchill at A M Heath, for world rights in all languages. The House at the Edge of Magic will publish in spring 2021 with Walker Books UK and Walker Australia.

“Set in a Victorian-style world, The House at the Edge of Magic follows the sparky character of Nine, an orphan pickpocket,” reads the synopsis. “When she steals a beautiful house-shaped ornament from the purse of a witch, she knocks on its tiny door and enters a world of magical and brilliantly funny characters, placed under a spell that they need Nine’s help to break.” 

Johnstone-Burt said: “When The House at the Edge of Magic arrived I just couldn’t resist a book with such a wonderful title! And the story lived up to it: Amy Sparkes’ manuscript was so enjoyable, lively and magical – just the kind of thing we are looking for at Walker. We’ve been building a fantastic list of magical MG fiction titles that take our readers on extraordinary adventures, and this is the perfect addition.”

On her first foray into middle-grade fiction, Sparkes : “I’m delighted that The House at the Edge of Magic has found a home with Walker, who publish some of my favourite books. I’m looking forward to working with the team on this series and bringing some mischievous magic into the world.”