High Voltage Reading
August 2011:Egmont Press has announced the launch of it's new YA imprint,Electric Monkey,creating a recognisable identity for its rapidly growing range of teen/YA fiction.
The imprint will launch in February 2012 with three books for teenagers:BZRK the brand new series from Michael Grant,author of the bestselling GONE series;OLIVER TWISTED by JD Sharpe and CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein.
Approximately two books a month will be added to the imprint through out the year and appropriate backlist titles will be incorporated at reprint.
The core readership for Electric Monkey will range from 12-15 although with the current interest in YA fiction by adult readers and bloggers,some will inevitably extend to older audience. The list is intentionally broad in focus,and isn't led by one particular genre or gender.
First two books are to be published 6 February 2012 are:
Elizabeth Wein - Code Name Verity - P/B 978 1 4052 5821 0
Two young women become unlikely best friends during WWII, until one is captured by the Gestapo. Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted to each other. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in "Verity's" own words, as she writes her account for her captors. Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they've ever believed in is put to the test...
J D Sharpe - Oliver Twisted (and Charles Dickens) - P/B 978 1 4052 5817 3
"Flesh," the woe-begotten moaned at Oliver, baring teeth which were ragged and black. "Flesh" came another moan, and he turned to see two more behind. They began to shuffle towards him, barefoot. The world according to Oliver Twisted is simple. Vampyres feed on the defenceless, orphans are sacrificed to hungry gods and if a woe-begotten catches your scent it will hunt you forever. On the advice of a corpse, Oliver flees his ghastly orphan life to seek his destiny in the dark streets of old London Town, despite the perils of the woe-begotten zombie-infested journey. There he meets the shadowy Dodger, the evil old soul-stealer Fagin, and the menacing Bill Sikes, who is more beast than man. But will Oliver Twisted be the world's salvation, or its downfall?!
And then three more book published 5 March 2012
Jo Schreiber - Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick - P/B 9781 4052 5943 9
Michael Grant - BZRK - H/B 978 1 4052 5993 4
Laura Jarratt - Skin Deep - P/B 978 1 4052 5672 8
Some electrifying reading ahead for 2012.