You may have noticed us getting all excited on Twitter yesterday because we just bought the most fabulous new series from author Christi Daugherty! We're so pleased to be able to share the news with you because the series is going to be AWESOME! (You can quote us on that…) Want to see the official press release? Course you do:
Little, Brown imprint Atom has acquired a mystery series by author Christi Daugherty described as "The Secret History for the YA audience".
Editorial director Samantha Smith bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the "major" two-book deal from Madeleine Buston, deputy m.d. of the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency.
Night School follows Allie Sheridon, a 16-year-old who is sent away by her parents to Cimmeria, a school specialising in "problem" teenagers. After she has begun to settle in at the school, Allie and her best friend are attacked in the school grounds, and discover there is something strange about the school linked to the nocturnal activities of an elite group of the students.
"We're absolutely delighted to have found such a stand-out new voice in YA fiction," said Smith. "We immediately fell in love with Allie, and the world Christi's created, and can't wait for her readers to as well."
Night School will be a key title for Atom's 2012 list and will be backed by a major marketing and publicity campaign.
Surrey-based travel writer Christi Daugherty has been published in Time Out and a number of published travel guides. Night School is her first book for young adults.
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