Bell Lomax Moreton are overjoyed to announce that Paul Moreton has negotiated a six-book deal, spanning both picture books and fiction, for the award-winning Sophy Henn. World rights, all languages, were bought by Simon & Schuster children’s M.D, Rachel Denwood.
Sophy’s first launch on the S&S list is Pizazz, an illustrated series about a reluctant girl superhero “the eponymous Pizazz”. The first book in the Pizazz series will be published as a lead title in June 2020, in a high-spec paperback package with black-and-white illustration and comic-strip elements. Further titles in the series will follow in 2021, all “backed by a major marketing and PR campaign,” the publisher said.
S&S have also acquired an older tween novel told in diary format and designed with a journaling aesthetic. Meanwhile The Runaways, Henn’s first picture book on the S&S list, launches in Spring 2021.
Denwood said: “I am over-the-moon that Simon & Schuster will be the new home of multi-talented marvel, Sophy Henn. This is a hugely important acquisition for us and we look forward to publishing Sophy with a bold new creative and commercial strategy across picture books and fiction. Prepare to meet a host of wonderful characters – first up, the dazzling Pizazz! The world is ready for a big new girl-character-led series – and hilarious, nonchalant superhero Pizazz will thoroughly delight readers next summer.”
Henn added: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with the wonderful team at Simon & Schuster and I cannot wait to get started on all our new, exciting adventures together.”