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Ash Bond’s mythological middle-grade series PEREGRINE QUINN acquired by Piccadilly Press in major six-figure deal!

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Debut author Ash Bond’s middle-grade mythological series, Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm and two other books, have been secured by Piccadilly Press in a major six-figure deal.

As announced in The Bookseller (on 27th February 2023), “Ruth Bennett, senior commissioning editor at Piccadilly Press, acquired world English rights in print, e-book and audio for the Peregrine Quinn series for readers aged eight to 12 from Jessica Hare at The Agency.”

As quoted in The Bookseller, Ruth Bennett said “Every once in a while, a submission lands in your inbox that makes you drop everything and lose yourself in a fantastically imagined world. It’s a rare kind of magic, but that is exactly what happened when I started reading Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm.”

The opening pages of Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm won first place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival and Bond was runner up for the New Writers Prize and longlisted for Write Mentor’s and Guppy Books’ competitions. As mentioned in The Bookseller, Ash says “The fantastical world of Peregrine Quinn has been brewing for years, and it is a giddy dream to finally introduce readers to this very weird and very wonderful adventure through the three realms”.

Helen Wicks, managing director of children’s trade at Bonnier Books UK, added: “This thrilling foray into the middle-grade fantasy space sets the agenda for the scope and ambition of Piccadilly Press’ publishing in the years to come.”

The news was also announced via Book Brunch and LoveReading4Kids, who commented “this bold new adventure series by exciting debut author Ash Bond […] is reminiscent of Rick Riordan’s books and will appeal to readers aged 8-12. […] We are super excited here at LoveReading4Kids as we are big fans of classical mythology and love the fact that Ash is passionate about making Classics accessible to all. Peregrine sounds like a fresh, timeless hero whose escapades through the realms will entrance middle grade readers from the word go.”

Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm will be publishing in hardback in spring 2024.

For the full The Bookseller article, click here.

For the full BookBrunch article, click here.

For the full LoveReading4Kids article, click here.

Published: 6th March 2023