HarperCollins acquire four-book fantasy series by Michael Grant
HarperCollins Children’s Books has bought a four-book series by Michael Grant, author of Egmont’s Gone series.
Rachel Denwood, publishing director, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from HarperCollins US for an undisclosed sum. The first book in the fantasy series, which is aimed at readers 9+, is called Magnificent Twelve: The Call.
The publisher described the book as being about "Mack McAvoy, an unlikely hero whose only outstanding feature is the number of phobias he has. But when a fast-talking golem delivers the news that an evil force is rising after centuries of rest, it’s time for Mack to step up. Cue a globetrotting adventure that requires Mack to gather a team of 12 extraordinary children who could hold the key to saving Earth".
The book will be published in January 2011, with a second to follow in September.
Denwood said: "I’m thrilled that Michael is coming to HarperCollins UK for his new 9+ venture. We know how much kids love that very special blend of fantasy, action and laughs – and that’s exactly what Magnificent 12 delivers."