Following a stellar start to The Land of Roar, Egmont Publishing has secured a further two middle-grade titles from bestselling author Jenny McLachlan.
Ali Dougal, Fiction Publishing Director, and Liz Bankes, Commissioning Editor, signed the deal for World Rights in all languages with Julia Churchill of AM Heath.
The third title in The Land of Roar series will publish in Spring 2021, with stunning artwork from acclaimed illustrator Ben Mantle, and will see twins Arthur and Rose continue their adventures in their not-so-imaginary world. A fourth as yet untitled middle-grade novel will follow.
The Land of Roar launched as Waterstones Book of the Month on 1st August 2019, has sold 5.8k copies (TCM) in its first 10 days, and hit the 4th spot on the TCM children’s chart this week. These exceptionally strong sales show no signs of slowing, with several major retail promotions set to run in the coming weeks, backed by targeted marketing and PR and a nationwide schools tour for McLachlan in September. The book is an international hit too, with 10 major rights deals – including several auctions and pre-empts – already secured.
Ali Dougal said: ‘It’s incredibly exciting to watch a book you love storm into the charts. The Land of Roar is a magical treat for kids and adults alike, and working with Jenny and Ben has been a complete joy for us all at Egmont, so we’re thrilled to now have three more books worth of fun to look forward to. As Wininja would say, it’s imaginary.’
Jenny McLachlan said: ‘This is wonderful news. When I wrote The Land of Roar I hoped it would capture children’s imaginations and take them to a wonderful place. Working with Ali and Liz, and the team at Egmont, I have seen this dream come true, and Ben’s illustrations have brought the story alive. I can’t wait to write more magical books with them.’
About the Illustrator
Ben Mantle began his illustration career early, picking up his first award in a local library colouring-in competition aged seven. He went on to study Animation at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design before working as an animator.
Ben has illustrated a number of children’s books including Little Red Reading Hood (Macmillan Children’s Books), Kiss the Crocodile (Walker Books), and Boot (Hodder Children’s Books) which has been shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2019. He is also the creator of the award-winning The Best Birthday Present Ever! and The Best Christmas Present Ever! published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Ben lives and works in Brighton.
About the Author
Jenny McLachlan is the author of several acclaimed teen novels including Flirty Dancing, Stargazing for Beginners and Truly, Wildly, Deeply. Before Jenny became a writer, she was Head of English in a secondary school; she now loves visiting schools as an author and delivering funny and inspiring talks and workshops.
When Jenny isn’t thinking about stories or writing stories, she enjoys living by the seaside, cycling and running over the South Downs.
The Land of Roar is Jenny’s middle-grade debut.