Senior Commissioning Editor Matilda Johnson has acquired World English language rights for middle grade standalone LEAPING DOLPHIN, plus one more unnamed title from Mark Lowery. Rights were acquired from Gillie Russell at Aitken Alexander Associates in a flurry of international pre-empt deals. Rights have also sold to Rowohlt in Germany; Van Goor in Holland; Pocket Jeunesse in France; de Agostini in Italy and Planeta in Spain. LEAPING DOLPHIN will publish as a paperback original with proofs available in 2017.
LEAPING DOLPHIN is a special and powerful story, from rising star Mark Lowery who was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize twice for his previous novels SOCKS ARE NOT ENOUGH and PANTS ARE EVERYTHING. His Roman Garstang Disaster series with Piccadilly Press includes THE JAM DOUGHNUT THAT RUINED MY LIFE and the upcoming release THE CHICKEN NUGGET AMBUSH, plus two more titles scheduled for 2017.
This latest acquisition marks a change in tone for Mark, with a focus on family, grief and brotherhood, in a touching story which retains Mark’s delightful pace and humour whilst bringing an extra layer of emotional depth through the main character’s poetry which is scattered throughout the text.
Mark Lowery said:
“I’m delighted and excited that my new book, LEAPING DOLPHIN, will be published by Piccadilly Press. The reaction to the story so far from across Europe has been wonderful and very humbling. It appears to have struck a chord with a lot of people and I can’t wait to share it with a wider audience.”
Matilda Johnson said:
“I immediately fell under the spell of the characters in LEAPING DOLPHIN and Mark’s writing is wonderfully confident, warm and affecting. The Roman Garstang Disasters are pitch-perfect comedies, and this new story confirms Mark’s talent as a very special writer indeed.”
Mark Lowery grew up in Preston but now lives near Cambridge with his young family, where he writes and works part time as a primary school teacher.
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