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Bloomsbury Publishing acquires ‘bestseller-in-the-making’

Caleb Krisp

The Madeleine Milburn Agency is delighted to announce the phenomenal international rights deals for a brand new children’s book, Caleb Krisp’s Anyone But Ivy Pocket, a darkly whimsical and wickedly funny tale of a twelve-year-old maid of no importance who finds herself at the very heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, ghosts and murder.

Harry Potter publisher, Bloomsbury, has acquired the UK & Commonwealth rights fighting off stiff competition from an inordinate number of other publishers. They will publish the first book in Spring 2015, with books two and three to follow at nine-month intervals.

In The Bookseller, Editorial Director Ellen Holgate, called it ‘a novel full of invention, wit and dysfunctional Victorian aristocrats. Most importantly, it features the best anti-heroine I’ve read about in a long time. Mr Krisp has created an extraordinary new voice and we can’t wait to unleash Ivy on the unsuspecting world.’

In the run up to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Madeleine Milburn Agency has also sold North American rights in a major auction to HarperCollins / Greenwillow Books.  The American editions will be published simultaneously with the UK editions.  This was closely followed by an overnight six-figure pre-empt for German rights, a ten-way auction in Brazil, best offers in Spain, and offers from Croatia, Israel, Hungary, Korea, Norway and Sweden, with other auctions underway.

Ivy’s monstrously unreliable narration and her wonderfully eccentric way of seeing the world tempers the darkness of this fairly grisly mystery-adventure, which shares a similar sensibility with the works of Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman.  The Agency is thrilled that the Ivy Pocket series will be published all over the world.

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