Piccadilly Press Acquires Middle Grade Garth Nix Novel FROGKISSER!


Piccadilly Press is delighted to announce that Garth Nix will be joining the imprint with a new middle grade novel, FROGKISSER! which will be published in Spring 2017. Emma Matthewson, Publishing Director for children’s fiction at Bonnier Zaffre acquired UK and Commonwealth volume rights including audio and eBook (excluding Canada and ANZ) from Antony Harwood of Antony Harwood Limited in association with Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

FROGKISSER! is a wry take on the classic fairy tale of a princess kissing a frog, with magic and humour along the way. It will publish as a lead title on the Piccadilly Press list, whilst Garth’s Old Kingdom sequel for older readers publishing this Autumn, GOLDENHAND will remain on the Hot Key Books list.

Garth Nix said:

“FROGKISSER! is one of those novels that just bubble out of the imagination and demand to be written all at once and won’t permit anything else to get in the way. I am delighted that my various publishers have all responded to the book with as much exuberance as I felt while I was writing it.”

Emma Matthewson said:

“FROGKISSER! is a wonderfully warm and funny tale brimming with humour, and races along with Garth’s impeccable storytelling. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to publish this younger fiction from Garth on the Piccadilly Press list, alongside his Old Kingdom titles on the Hot Key list.”

Executive Director Jane Harris said:

“Garth is such a fantastic storyteller, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to publish a younger story from him, and with our Piccadilly Press and Hot Key imprints, it is very exciting to be able to cater for our authors who write for children of all age ranges, as we view this as an integral part of our author care.”

The book will publish simultaneously with Allen and Unwin in ANZ, and with Scholastic in the US.

Garth will visit the UK for a promotional tour for his Hot Key Old Kingdom title GOLDENHAND in the Autumn. Pitches are now welcome for events.

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Published 29 Mar 2016