Orchard signs 'stunning' Wolf's Secret

Rights - Children Wednesday, 16 October 2019

First UK picture book by France-based Dahman and Digard

Emily Lamm, senior commissioning editor for picture books at Hachette Children's, has signed for the Orchard imprint The Wolf's Secret by authors Myriam Dahman and Nicolas Digard, with illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal-longlisted Júlia Sardà. Hachette Children's has world rights through Helen Boyle at Pickled Ink for Myriam Dahman and Nicolas Digard, and through Amy Kitcherside at Pickled Ink for Júlia Sardà.

The Wolf's Secret (September 2020) is the France-based author team's first UK picture book. Wolf is a hunter, feared by every creature. But he has a secret: in the middle of the forest lives a girl whose beautiful voice has entranced him.

Lamm said: "We are thrilled to be publishing this stunning book. The Wolf's Secret is a richly atmospheric contemporary fairy tale with a powerful message about friendship, acceptance and being true to ourselves. Myriam and Nicolas are hugely original storytellers, and the magical world they have created finds perfect expression in Júlia Sardà's bewitching artwork. This deeply thoughtful, inventive fairy tale will linger long in the mind."

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