Actively looking for: Gothic; horror; sci-fi and fantasy with a strong hook; romance; thriller, magical middle-grade; adventure; contemporary middle-grade with a big heart; funny books across all ages; interesting/inspiring non-fiction across all ages; diverse authors.
Generally, I’m looking for books that capture the pure joy, pain and wonder of growing up. Being a child or a teenager is a unique time in life when you’re discovering the world around you and who you are for the first time, and being able to capture that spirit on the page is a special and rare talent. I believe the books you read at that age help shape you as a person and can stick with you for a lifetime. For that reason, it’s imperative for me that the books I represent don’t talk down to children and young adults.
I would love a fantasy middle-grade like The Storm Keeper’s Island, packed with atmosphere, adventure and distinctive magic. I adore gothic, spooky middle-grade, and am drawn to contemporary middle-grade centred around family or friendship, or books like Wonder, that tackle an issue in an accessible, uplifting way. More broadly, I like middle-grade books that feel like modern classics.
I’m a fan of sci-fi, although it has to have a strong hook. I gravitate towards books set in our world with a speculative twist – basically, I am here for any YA novel that feels like it could be an episode of Black Mirror. In fantasy, I tend to veer toward the more gothic and fairytale-esque. I also enjoy fantasy in a historical setting. I don’t believe dystopia is dead as it’s one of my favourite genres, although as it’s a crowded market, it has to stand out. As a rule I’m always interested when SFF is used as a vehicle to comment on the real world.
I am a huge horror fan. From ghost stories to gore, I love it all. I especially want a YA horror that deals with real world issues, like Get Out. Please send me all the spooky! I’m searching for a gripping YA thriller, too, with a voice, hook or twist that stands out from other popular books in this area.
I’m desperate for a YA romance with a strong hook (something that feels like it could be on Netflix) and characters that stick with you long after you’ve stopped reading about them. I’m also always on the hunt for funny fiction across all ages, as I believe the importance of humour in books is tragically underrated.
I also represent all sorts of non-fiction for young people – from politics, to science, to history. I’d love to see anything inspirational or that takes a fresh angle on an interesting topic. Anything that is sure to get young people excited about a subject!
I’m keen to see work from diverse authors across the board.
It is hard to sum up one’s taste in one page so if, judging from what you’ve read, you’re unsure if I’ll like your book, please do send it along. Some of the books I’ve loved and taken on have been a surprise — you never know what might blow you away.
Ten of my favourite children’s and YA books
Amelia Fang by Laura Ellen Anderson
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James