Phil Earle and Andy McNab team up for new MG Scholastic series

News - Children Thursday, 07 February 2019

Get Me Out of Here! - the first book in the series - will be out in May

Scholastic UK today has bought global rights in a two-book publishing deal for a new middle-grade fiction series, co-written by Andy McNab and Phil Earle, and illustrated by Robin Boyden. The deal was struck between Sam Smith, publisher, Fiction and Picture Books, and Fiz Osborne, commissioning editor, with Philippa Milnes-Smith at LAW and Jodie Hodges at United Agents. Boyden is represented by Charlie Bowden at Pickled Ink. Publication of Get Me Out of Here! in May will be supported by a major publicity and marketing campaign.

The 'brilliantly funny' book, aimed at the 8–12-year-old market, centres around the street-smart Danny Mack and his friends. 'When a school trip to Go Wild – the most extreme outdoor adventure EVER – is announced, Danny and the gang are buzzing with excitement and ready to have the time of their lives. Except... a bucket in a tent does not count as a toilet, dock leaves, as it happens, are almost indistinguishable from stinging nettles, and if your idiot older brother is the chaperone on the trip, then things are definitely going to get interesting.'

McNab said: "I know how much I missed out in my own childhood so I really wanted to make some children's books that everyone could enjoy – and make sure we get beyond the middle-class culture where reading is just a normal part of life. I'm thrilled that Phil and Scholastic are going to share this new mission."

Earle (pictured) said: "From a very young age I felt the door to reading had been closed in my face, so to be working with such a forceful advocate of reading for pleasure is both exciting and an honour."

Smith said: "We are thrilled to be bringing a fantastic new series to market with both Andy and Phil. Andy's sense of epic adventure and Phil's hilarious humour will combine to deliver the kind of book that we know all kids want to read – whether they are avid readers or need more encouragement, they will be both enthralled and engaged with what Andy and Phil have created."

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