Latest rights news

2020
As 2020 marks our 20th anniversary, we hope to have at least 20 fabulous new projects to talk to you about! For further information on all our new titles, please see below or download our Rights Guide using the button to the right. For any more information, contact Elinor Bagenal on elinor@chickenhousebooks.com.

I, Henry by Naomi Gibson

Lydia has been creating her AI, Henry, for years - since before her little brother died in the accident that haunts her nightmares; since before Dad walked out, leaving her and Mum painfully alone; since before her best friend turned into her worst enemy. Now, Henry is strong, clever, loving and scarily capable: Lydia’s built herself the perfect boyfriend in a hard-drive filled with lines of code. But what is Henry, really - and how far is he willing to go to be everything Lydia desires?

A powerful, high-concept crossover debut by an incredible new voice in YA.

Publishing Spring 2021
  World rights available.
Rights sold: Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Russia, World Spanish, USA

The Marvellous Land of the Snergs by Veronica Cossantelli

Pip and Flora are running away from the Sunny Bay Home for Superfluous and Accidentally Parentless Children when they discover the Marvellous Land of Snergs. Here they befriend forgetful but lovable snerg, Gorbo. He will lead them home – if they can decide where home really is, and if Gorbo can remember how to get there.

Widely recognised as the inspiration for The Hobbit, a forgotten classic from 1927 is updated and brought beautifully back to life by acclaimed children’s writer Veronica Cossanteli, supported by the family of the original author, E. A. Wyke-Smith.

Full ms available Spring 2020
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange

The Earl of Gosswater has died, and Agatha has been cast out of her ancestral home by her cruel cousin, Clarence. In a tiny tumbledown cottage, she struggles to adjust to her new life. And on the shores of Gosswater lake, the spirit of another young girl will not rest …
 
The third novel by acclaimed, bestselling author Lucy Strange; echoes of A Little Princess and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. A thrilling gothic tale for middle-grade readers following strong-willed heroine Agatha Gosswater as she untangles the dark mystery of her own past.
 
The manuscript will be available in June
World rights available.
Rights optioned:Canada, Holland, Hungary, Russia, Turkey and USA

A Secret of Birds and Bones by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

In Renaissance Siena, a city ravaged by plague, Sofia’s mother carves beautiful mementoes for the grieving from the bones of their loved ones. But one day, she doesn’t return home. Sofia and her friends follow clues carved in bone until they find the terrible truth …
 
The fourth children’s novel by Times number one bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, winner of the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize.
 
The manuscript will be available later this year.
  World rights available.
  Rights optioned: Canada, France, Germany and Poland, Russia, Spain, USA

How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg by Emma Shevah

High-spirited Ivy believes she can talk to animals, while Nathaniel, a boarding schoolboy, is obsessed with animal facts. They come together unexpectedly on a cold English beach with the arrival of a rare and wondrous sea creature: a giant leatherback turtle who lays her eggs in front of the world’s media. Soon they’re on a mission to make a difference to the world – even if that’s one animal at a time.
 
The first in a series of hilarious, poignant and highly original stories on the environment.
 
The manuscript will be available in May 2020.
  World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

Space Oddity by Christopher Edge  

You might think this story is an intergalactic adventure filled with laser blasters, black holes, killer robots and some very weird-looking aliens. And you’d be right. But it’s mostly about a boy called Jake, his dad, and an awkward truth that starts in a supermarket …
 
Funny, easy to read and hugely likeable, Space Oddity combines science, comedy and adventure for ages 7-11. A new, younger story from award-winning writer Christopher Edge, author of The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day.

Full ms available Spring 2020.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

Tamarind & the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan

Tamarind never knew her Indian mum, Chinty, who died soon after she was born. So when she arrives at her mother’s ancestral home, she’s full of questions for her extended family. But instead of answers, Tamarind finds a sad and beautiful mystery …
 
The second novel by Jasbinder Bilan, author of the Costa Award-winning Asha and the Spirit Bird and a rising star in middle-grade fiction.
 
Full ms available in Spring 2020.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

Morgana Mage in the Robotic Age by Amy Bond
 
Morgana loves robots and longs to attend robotics school in the city. But when she finally finds a way, she learns of a troubling secret hiding beneath its gleaming surface: a secret that threatens the balance of civilisation. Caught between two worlds, only Morgana has the power to find a solution …
 
A fun, energetic and hugely relatable story about a girl caught between her two identities – witch and engineer – and figuring out how she can be both.
 
Full ms available soon.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick

Cat Sparrow is on the road. She’s following her sister, Meg, who was torn from their convent home and sent to London. But Cat isn’t like other people – she thinks differently – and for a girl like her the world holds many perils …
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A learning-disabled protagonist – woefully underrepresented in historical fiction – written with talent, heart and wisdom.
 
Full ms available soon.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish & Kelly Ngai

When Hedy and Spencer start receiving messages on dusty picture frames, Christmas at their grandfather’s spooky house turns into a mission to solve an old family mystery. Their grandmother disappeared during a magic performance many years ago – but where did she go? Hedy and Spencer set out to find the truth.

First in a debut MG series. TV rights sold to WIIP in conjunction with Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead; Spider-Man).

Manuscript now available.
World rights available. Rights sold: Germany (pre-empt), TV
Rights in negotiation: Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania, USA, English Language Audio

Darwin's Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Simon ‘Syms’ Covington has landed the job of a lifetime – cabin boy and fiddler on Charles Darwin’s Beagle. But when he is separated from the crew during a storm, his life takes a truly extraordinary turn. Shipwrecked on a Galapagos island he makes a discovery that could change the world – and make his fortune. But should he share his find, or will it lead to the extinction of a legendary species? There’s one person who could help, but he’s busy writing a book ...

Robinson Crusoe meets How to Train Your Dragon, with extra science!

Full ms available after Frankfurt.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, USA

The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder

Emily’s parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour – a Victorian London frozen in time, home to magic and monsters. With bloodthirsty creatures on her tail, Emily has to discover the truth and rescue her parents – can she save both worlds before she runs out of sandwiches?

First in a series. An original, quirky fantasy for middle-grade readers by a fantastically talented duo. Book 2, The Midnight Howl, comes out in 2020.

Manuscript now available.
World rights available. Rights sold: Audio World English, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Russia, USA, World Spanish

The Loop by Ben Oliver

Luka Kane has been inside hi-tech prison the Loop for over two years. A death sentence is hanging over his head but his day-to-day routine is mind-numbingly repetitive. Then everything changes. Soon, Luka has to face a new reality: breaking out of the Loop might be his only chance to save himself – and the world …

A thrilling UKYA debut from a stunning new talent: dark, original, twisty and totally unputdownable, this is a futuristic Prison Break with shades of 1984. Film/TV rights optioned by Lime with producer Louise Sutton (Black Mirror) on board.

Manuscript now available
World rights available. Rights sold: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Film, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, USA, World Audio

The Last Chance Hotel  series by Nicki Thornton

Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, their leader is poisoned. A locked-room murder investigation ensues – and Seth is the main suspect. Can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic’s afoot?

The debut middle grade trilogy and winner of the 2016 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. The third book in the series, The Cut-Throat Café, will publish in 2020.

Manuscripts now available.
World rights available. Rights sold: Audio World English, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, USA, World Spanish