FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday 28 July 2014
HODDER CHILDREN’S BOOKS OPEN PANDORA’S BOX AND ACQUIRE UNDERDOGS!
THREE MYTHOLOGICAL ACTION-ADVENTURE STORIES FROM DAVID GRIMSTONE.
Anne McNeil, Publishing Director of Hodder Children’s Books has acquired world rights for the Underdogs series: three middle grade adventure titles from games master of story-telling, David Grimstone. The deal was conducted with Sophie Hicks at the Sophie Hicks Agency. David’s previous titles include the Illmoor Chronicles, Gladiator Boy and Undead Ed.
Commenting on the deal Anne said, “The joy of publishing is finding books that are so taut and well crafted – ones where you either want to be the main character or be next to them, sharing every twist and turn of their story. David is such a writer, and Pandora’s Destiny is such a manuscript. I am thrilled to have acquired rights from Sophie Hicks.”
Sophie added, “Underdogs is a fantastic new series from David and I am delighted that Anne and everyone at Hodder Children’s Books are as excited and enthusiastic as I am.”
The first title, Pandora’s Destiny will publish in 2016 – with two further titles: The Legacy of Zeus and The Fire of The Gods following. The series focuses on a group of misfits, the Underdogs. In Pandora’s Destiny Jake, Stew, Tom, Lucy and Francis stumble across a simple black box which despite the efforts of the The Reach, a government agency headed by Colonel Bleach, has recently found its way back into the public domain.
If they’d known that it would give them inhuman powers….
If they’d known that it contained all the evils of the world…
If they’d known that it had once belonged to a girl called Pandora….
….they would never have opened it in the first place.
But, as the legend goes, once Pandora’s box is opened it’s not easy to close it again.
About the Author:
David Grimstone is a bestselling author of series fiction for children, teenagers and young adults. His books are published all around the world by companies including Disney, Penguin, Sony and Hodder Headline. To date, Davey’s books (which include The Illmoor Chronicles, Davey Swag, Gladiator Boy and Undead Ed) have sold more than a million copies worldwide, and have been translated into fifteen different languages. Davey has performed at the Edinburgh and Hay Festivals, and was a Guest of Honour for Disney at the 2004 Book Expo in Chicago, USA. He has appeared in anthologies alongside Terry Pratchett and Woody Allen, written review columns for SFX and Interzone and even contributed colour text to Games Workshop’s Citadel Journal. He lives in Kent, England.
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Notes to Editor:
- Hodder Children’s Books is home to a cross-section of respected and prize-winning writers and illustrators, and to some of the brightest new talents in fiction for children and young adults. Brands from Enid Blyton to Felicity Wishes, authors from Hilary McKay to David Almond and Cressida Cowell, artists from David Melling to Lauren Child, sit side-by-side on a list that is simply unparalleled. http://www.hodderchildrens.co.uk. @hodderchildrens
- Keep up with David on his website blokecalleddave.wordpress.com or by following him on twitter @DavidGrimstone
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