Friday, March 25, 2011

Publishing Deal - Cath Crowley

News of Australian author Cath Crowley's publishing deal with Hodder, in today's Booktrade:

Hodder are delighted to announce that they have acquired the new YA novel from Australian Cath Crowley. Graffiti Moon was first published by Pan Macmillan Australia has been sold around the globe.

Anne McNeil, Publishing Director for Hodder Children's Books, has brokered a two –book deal [] for Graffiti Moon and a follow up title.

Graffiti Moon is an intense and exhilarating twenty-four hours in the lives of a group of six teenagers told through one hot city night. With a multi-layered alternating narrative and scatterings of poetry throughout, it is a very special contemporary love story.

Hodder Children's Books will position Crowley alongside their other quality stand alone authors including Hilary McKay, Siobhan Parkinson, the Irish Children's Laureate, and David Almond.

Anne McNeil says:

"This amazing novel is both visceral and tender at the same time. It feels as if it is written in real time, as Lucy tries to find Shadow – and his friend, Poet. She knows she loves Shadow, despite the fact that they have not yet met. And this, I think – plus the extraordinary quality of the writing – is why this was a must-have acquisition. Accessing the layers of the teenage heart is best done through brilliant and perceptive writing; which is where Cath Crowley strikes hard. This is just an amazing book – reminiscent of Steinbeck somehow, in its intense heat and acute personal understanding of character."

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