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A couple of exciting things happening in children’s publishing

Percy Jackson

Firstly, the Percy Jackson series is being made into a film. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Rick Riordan’s adventure series about the boy whose father is the Greek god Poseidon and he himself is half boy/half god, they are definitely worth checking out. In the same way that other series for this age-group like Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider books are gripping, fast paced and fun to read, Percy Jackson is a great series to try out on any reluctant boy readers you know.

And now Chris Columbus is making them into a movie. Fantastic! Read about the film here on Puffin’s blog and here in Variety.

Sherlock HolmesThe other exciting news that I spotted is that the lovely Rebecca McNally at Macmillan has commissioned three books about the young Sherlock Holmes. I’ve pasted the details from Book Brunch below. It will be really interesting to see how these compare with other ‘young’ series out there, such as Young Bond (which were being edited by Rebecca while I was working at Puffin).

Macmillan Children’s – Andrew Lane Nicholas Clee
To Rebecca McNally at Macmillan Children’s Books, three authorised adventures by Andrew Lane about the young Sherlock Holmes. Book one, THE COLOSSAL SCHEMES OF BARON MAUPERTIUS, is set in the 1860s, when the 14-year-old Sherlock is sent to spend the summer with eccentric relatives as his soldier father heads for India; the boy genius “is drawn into a sinister international plot with a brilliantly imagined villain at its heart”. Lane, a lifelong Holmes fan, has written tie-ins to Torchwood and Doctor Who, as well as ghostwritten books. McNally says: “Andy’s written a completely gripping thriller which takes the world’s most famous detective and turns him into an utterly convincing, psychologically complex, flawed, clever 14-year-old boy.” Macmillan signed the three books through Robert Kirby of United Agents, representing the author and the Holmes estate.

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