To Julia Heydon-Wells at Faber, two novels in a NEW SERIES for children of nine-plus by John Fardell. The novels, illustrated with Fardell's line drawings, will appear in spring 2011 and spring 2012, and will star an unloved, runaway child who encounters a secret agency of elderly adventurers. Heydon-Wells says that the author's books are 'utterly unique, combining a sense of timelessness with riveting adventure, much fun and feisty, contemporary characters'. The agent - who first published Fardell at Faber - is Suzy Jenvey of PFD. Fardell recently signed a picture book deal with Andersen Press ().