A publishing deal for Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samatha Van Leer:
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired a YA title by bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter Samantha Van Leer.
[Hodder will]... publish the title, Between the Lines, at the end of June 2012 alongside the US publisher.
The book is described by the publisher as being "about what happens when happily ever after isn't so happy, and when the barriers between books and life begin to crumble". It will have full colour illustrations and silhouettes throughout.
And a new series from Andrew Lane:
Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired three titles from its Young Sherlock Holmes author Andrew Lane, which focus on the hunt for valuable endangered creatures.
MCB associate publishing director Polly Nolan bought world rights from Robert Kirby at United Agents to the three novels in The Lost World series.
MCB will publish a title a year from May 2013 as £5.99 paperback originals and as e-books. It is planning a “major marketing and publicity campaign”.
The Lost World books follow 15-year-old Calum Challenger, who is coordinating a search from his London bedroom to find creatures considered so rare that many do not believe they exist. Calum’s intention is to use the creatures’ DNA to help protect the species, but also to search for a cure for his paralysis. His team comprises a computer hacker, a free runner, an ex-marine and a pathological liar.