Scholastic acquires Rogers’ ‘Girltopia’
Scholastic Australia has acquired a middle-grade fiction trilogy, ‘Girltopia’, written by former Hardie Grant Egmont publishing director Hilary Rogers.
Book one in the trilogy, Girltopia, marks Rogers’ debut as an author and is the first in an ongoing collaboration between Scholastic and book-creation venture Interrobang, which Rogers co-founded with writer Josh Lefers.
The trilogy is set in a world run by girls after all the men and boys are struck down by a mysterious sleeping sickness, and follows a young girl, Clara, who must embark on a daring rescue mission. The series is aimed at middle-grade readers who enjoy the ideas in high-concept YA novels.
Scholastic Australia head of publishing Andrew Berkhut said the publisher was thrilled when Rogers and Interrobang presented them with the trilogy. ‘We don’t think that there is anything in the market to rival this unique concept that brings empowerment and positive role models to younger female readers,’ said Berkhaut.
Rogers, who previously commissioned the ‘Billie B Brown’, ‘Zac Power’ and ‘Go Girl’ series, said she will continue working with authors but has ‘loved’ the experience of writing her first book. ‘I feel so lucky to be working with the magnificent team at Scholastic Australia. They’ve helped make the messy, terrifying business of writing your first book completely lovely,’ said Rogers.
The first book in the trilogy will be published in July 2018.
For more information on the series, visit the Interrobang website here.