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Feminist fantasy series sells into Germany for ‘record’ sum

Hardie Grant Egmont has sold German-language rights to debut author Rhiannon Williams’ middle-grade fantasy Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt, plus two further books by Williams, to Random House Germany imprint cbj Verlag for a ‘record’ sum. The Ottilie Colter trilogy—about a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to infiltrate a male-only monster-hunting organisation—won Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize for unpublished manuscripts last year. It is pitched as a ‘feminist adventure for the rebel girls generation’.

Exisle Publishing’s children’s imprint EK Books has sold simplified Chinese rights to the picture book Ollie’s Treasure (Lynn Jenkins, illus by Kirrili Lonergan), a ‘tale of mindfulness for young, developing minds’.

Berbay Publishing has sold simplified Chinese rights to two picture books by Japanese paper cut artist Chihiro Takeuchi, Can You Find My Robot’s Arm and The Fantastic Recipe Machine.

ALC Agency has sold Korean-language rights to the picture book Oliver’s Grumbles (Yvonne Mes, illus by Giuseppe Poli, Yellow Brick Books) to Froebel Media.

ALC Agency has sold North American rights to the junior-fiction books My Dog Doesn’t Like Me and My Dog Gets a Job (both Elizabeth Fensham, University of Queensland Press) to Sourcebooks.

Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to debut author Astrid Scholte’s YA fantasy Four Dead Queens, and will publish the standalone novel in March 2019 simultaneously with its US publisher Penguin Random House. Four Dead Queens follows a teenage thief who discovers all four of her nation’s queens have been brutally murdered.


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