Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest Mishap will be out in 2021
Linas Alsenas, executive editor at Scholastic UK, has signed two illustrated STEM-themed books for 7 to 9-year-olds by Vashti Hardy. Scholastic has world rights from Kate Shaw at the Shaw Agency. The books will be illustrated by George Ermos, with whom Hardy has worked on her novels Brightstorm, Wildspark, and the upcoming Darkwhispers.
The first title in the new deal, Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest Mishap (2021), tells the story of a young inventor and modern day Inspector Gadget studying at Cogworks School of Invention. His encounters include a steampunk dog called Sprocket, a star chat observatory, and a rusty river where you can fish for inspiration.
Hardy said: "I'm overjoyed to be writing two new books for 7 to 9-year-olds with Scholastic - this is something for younger readers and for all the teachers who have so keenly requested something in a similar vein to Brightstorm and Wildspark for a younger audience. Expect unbounded adventure and invention!"
Shaw said: "Vashti Hardy is cornering the market in STEM-and-imagination-filled stories for children at KS2 and I'm very excited about this new, illustrated series with Scholastic."
Alsenas said: "With Vashti's oceanic imagination and George's astonishing artistic talent, there's no doubt in my mind that Harley Hitch's adventures will be an unforgettable literary treat!"