The Lost Magician is shortlisted for the inaugural Biblio-Buzz Alexandra Palace Book Awards, formerly Haringey Children’s Book Awards.
Chosen by librarians in my local borough of Haringey, the full shortlist in alphabetic order, is:
Child I Tasane, Steve
Kat Wolfe Investigates St John, Lauren
Kick Johnson, Mitch
The Lost Magician Torday, Piers
Tin Kenny, Padraig
Will You Catch Me? Elson, Jane
Schools and groups of children across the borough will now read and discuss these 6 books, culminating in the participating children voting for their favourite at the ceremony on Tuesday 2nd April at Alexandra Palace.
Congratulations all my fellow nominees and thank you once more, the librarians of Haringey.
I’m delighted to announce that my publishers, Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) imprint Quercus Children’s has bought a new fantasy series.
The first book will be The Lost Magician, set in 1945, about four children who step through a mysterious library door into the world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army. The many stories of the library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries.
Sarah Lambert, editorial director for HCG, secured UK & Commonwealth rights in a three book deal from Clare Conville at C + W.
“Piers Torday is without doubt a master storyteller for children, and we couldn’t be more delighted to launch his eagerly awaited new series,” said Lambert. “Thrilling adventure, unforgettable characters and Piers’ trademark humour are wrapped up in a rich, exciting world. We can’t wait for readers to step through the library door and discover what lies beyond.
The Lost Magician will be published in hardback in September 2018, with two more titles to follow at a later date.
I can now also reveal the spectacular and magic artwork for the cover by the super talented Ben Mantle – more to come soon…