Bloomsbury signs two-book deal with American YA author

Rights - Children Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Bloomsbury Children’s Books acquires 'transfixing, twisty YA series Havenfall by breakout success Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless and Evermore'

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has announced the global acquisition of Havenfall, 'the highly anticipated new project that introduces a brilliant, original new world from Sara Holland, whose first two novels, Everless and Evermore, skyrocketed onto the New York Times bestsellers list and launched her as a major new YA fantasy superstar.'

Cindy Loh, vice president and publisher of Bloomsbury Children’s Books US, took World English rights after a pre-empt by Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management, on behalf of Holland and Glasstown Entertainment. The first book is scheduled for publication early next year in the US, UK, Australia and India.

Holland (pictured) said: "My whole life, I’ve obsessed over contemporary fantasy books that made me believe magic could be just around the next corner. So it’s a dream come true to find a publishing home for my first novel set in this world. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Cindy and the Bloomsbury team fell in love with the setting of Havenfall and with Maddie—a tough, resilient girl who fights to preserve the magic around her even as she starts to understand its dark side. This story means a lot to me, and I can’t wait to share it with readers everywhere next year!"

According to the acquisition statement: 'A lush, gothic fantasy, Havenfall tells the story of Maddie, who spends her summers at her uncle’s once-elegant inn, Havenfall. Located deep in the Rocky Mountains, Havenfall has long served as a neutral territory linking magical realms. When a shocking murder occurs, disrupting peace between the realms, Maddie must confront dark truths about herself and her family in this new series that will keep readers guessing until the end.'

Loh said: "Havenfall is a genius mash-up of the real world and fantasy. Maddie is a grounded, 'every girl' teenager trying to deal with her non-traditional family and not fall for the one person she shouldn’t be with, and Sara takes this very relatable, issue-based narrative and spins it with fantastical elements, other-world secrets, and scary, please-turn-on-the-lights creatures—all right in the middle of Colorado. Sara’s storytelling pulls you right in, no matter what kind of book lover you are, and I’m thrilled to be welcoming Sara to our YA list and publishing such an inventive, exciting new series."

Rebecca McNally, publishing director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books UK, said: "Sara Holland is a riveting storyteller, and we know readers will be swept away by Havenfall - it has all the hallmarks of a global YA bestseller, and we can’t wait to share it with readers around the world!"

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