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HGE sells US rights to Henseleit debut

Hardie Grant Egmont has sold US rights to debut author Jack Henseleit’s middle grade fiction books The Witching Hours: The Vampire Knife and its sequel, The Troll Heart, to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Henseleit’s horror adventure books follow a young boy, Max, who is kidnapped by a vampire, and Max’s sister, Anna, who plunges into a world of monsters and magic to try to save him. The books have now sold into six territories, including Spain, the Netherlands and Brazil.

Hardie Grant Egmont managing director Annabel Barker said the US publisher ‘snapped up this book almost immediately on submission’. ‘We have been so excited by the international response to Jack’s debut novel … We are so delighted for Jack, as a debut children’s novelist, to see this level of success so quickly,’ said Barker.

Rights were acquired by Kheryn Callender, with Little, Brown to publish the first book in the US fall of 2018.


Category: Junior Local news