Orion Children’s Books, part of the Hachette Children’s Group (HCG), has acquired a middle grade series by Will Mabbitt.
Embassy of the Dead introduces Jake, an ordinary boy who accidentally summons a reaper when he opens a strange box containing a severed finger. To save his life, Jake has to ask for protection from the Embassy of the Dead.
Samantha Swinnerton, senior commissioning editor at Orion Children’s Books, bought world rights from Paul Moreton at Bell Lomax Moreton Agency. She said: “Humour, energy and inventiveness are Will’s trademarks and I’m delighted to welcome such a talented author to the list. Embassy of the Dead takes Will’s writing in a slightly darker, but hugely exciting new direction that will entertain young readers everywhere.”
Embassy of the Dead will be published in paperback in June 2018, with further books following in January and July 2019.
Mabbitt is also the author of the Mabel Jones series, which is published by Penguin Random House Children’s.