Eastham’s four books will be rereleased with all-new book covers over a six-month period, beginning in June 2017 with The Memory Cage.
The deal was put together by Eastham’s agent, Caroline Walsh, of David Higham Associates, who commented, ‘I’m delighted that dynamic new fiction imprint Shrine Bell is working in collaboration with award-winning author Ruth Eastham to bring her fantastic stories directly to teen readers.’
Vertebrate Publishing’s managing director Jon Barton said, ‘An opportunity to sign such a talented author as Ruth Eastham on a multiple-book deal doesn’t come along very often in a publisher’s career. The quality of her storytelling will be a great boost to youthful enthusiasm that we are developing here at Shrine Bell.’
Eastham’s debut novel, The Memory Cage won the 2012 Coventry Inspiration Book Award (7–11 category) and her second book The Messenger Bird won the 2013 Oldham Brilliant Book Award. Her third title, Arrowhead, was described as ‘absolutely breath-taking’ by Carnegie-Medal-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland and her fourth book, The Jaguar Trials, was praised by Love Reading 4 Kids, which said it’s ‘a nail-biting read’.
Commenting on her new collaboration with the imprint, Eastham said, ‘I'm absolutely delighted that Shrine Bell are going to re-issue my books. It's fantastic to work with such a dynamic team and a publisher who believes passionately in its authors as well as fiction for young people.’
Eastham joins Matt Dickinson and Sarah Mussi on Shrine Bell’s roster of children’s and YA authors. Find out more about Shrine Bell at www.shrinebell.com.