Egmont have found gold at the end of the rainbow and snapped up Laura Ellen Anderson’s new illustrated fiction series. World rights in all languages for three books in Rainbow Grey were bought by Lindsey Heaven, Fiction Publishing Director, and Sarah Levison, Senior Editor, from Helen Boyle at Pickled Ink. The first book Rainbow Grey and the Weather Magic will publish in July 2021.
Ray Grey’s life at Madame Lucille’s Home for Orphans is anything but exciting. Her days are cloudy and dull . . . until the day Ray discovers that she’s a Weatherling – a rare, magical group with the ability and responsibility to control the climate. Whisked away on a cloud cat to the magical isle of Celestia, Ray must learn to harness her powers in time to overcome an evil Rogue who’s on a mission to wreak havoc and release the ultimate storm on earth.
Rainbow Grey sees Anderson weave an important message about climate change into a world of magical and thrilling adventure.
Heaven, Fiction Publishing Director, said ‘Laura Ellen Anderson is one of the most talented, creative and magical people I know. It is no surprise that her debut series Amelia Fang was such an instant bestseller and favourite of children and parents alike. And in this brilliantly exciting new series Rainbow Grey, with her trademark sparkling writing, wonderful sense of humour and delicious artwork, Laura has created what is destined to be a children’s classic of the future. We are so very proud to be publishing Rainbow Grey at Egmont and for young readers everywhere to discover a new fantasy world of weather magic that is both timely and timeless.’
Laura Ellen Anderson said ‘I am over the moon (or should I say, RAINBOW) that Rainbow Grey has found a colourful home at Egmont and I can’t wait to introduce her to the world next year. I hope that readers will enjoy discovering Rainbow’s exciting new life with her Weatherling friends as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it. Oh, and there’s also a REALLY cute and fluffy cloud cat!’
This is Anderson’s second series with Egmont. Her first, Amelia Fang, has sold 180k English language copies across two years, with rights sold in 21 languages. Amelia Fang and the Bookworm Gang will publish as a £1 World Book Day title this March and Anderson is the official illustrator for the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. The final two instalments in the Amelia Fang series will publish this February and October.
Laura Ellen Anderson is the author and illustrator of the best-selling Amelia Fang series. She spends every waking hour creating and drawing, and would quite like to live on the moon when humans finally make it possible. Laura is also the creator of Evil Emperor Penguin and several picture books, including I Don’t Want Curly Hair, and her artwork has adorned the covers of books by some of the most famous children’s authors in the world, including Enid Blyton, Terry Pratchett and Cornelia Funke.
Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson publishes July 2021 in paperback
£6.99 for Weatherlings aged 7+