Walker buys middle grade comic fantasy from Amy Sparkes

Lucy Nathan
Rights - Children Thursday, 17 October 2019

'Enjoyable, lively and magical' tale signed at auction

Denise Johnstone-Burt at Walker Books has bought The House at the Edge of Magic by Amy Sparkes, in a two-book deal at auction from Julia Churchill at AM Heath. Walker will publish the middle grade comic fantasy adventure in spring 2021.

The book follows the story of orphan pickpocket Nine, who enters into a magical world after stealing a house-shaped ornament from a witch.

Johnstone-Burt said: "When The House at the Edge of Magic arrived I just couldn't resist a book with such a wonderful title! And the story lived up to it: Amy Sparkes' manuscript was so enjoyable, lively and magical - just the kind of thing we are looking for at Walker. We've been building a fantastic list of magical MG fiction titles that take our readers on extraordinary adventures, and this is the perfect addition."

Sparkes, known for her picture books and early reader fiction, said: "I'm delighted that The House at the Edge of Magic has found a home with Walker, who publish some of my favourite books. I'm looking forward to working with the team on this series and bringing some mischievous magic into the world."

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