Webb weaves new series for Orchard

Webb weaves new series for Orchard

Orchard Books has acquired a new middle-grade series from Holly Webb based in Venice and featuring a duke’s daughter and a talking magical “water horse”.

Jessica Clarke, Orchard editorial director, bought world rights for four books in the series from Julia Churchill of A M Heath.

Clarke said the series “combines all the magic and excitement of [Webb’s] bestselling Rose series with a breathtaking historical twist.”

The first book, The Water Horse, about a girl called Olivia with magical powers, will be published in May 2015, with the sequel The Mermaid’s Sister scheduled for later in the year.