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Press Release: Deals Done
Queen Of Teen Maureen Johnson Moves UK Residence To Hot Key Books

Posted at 9:16AM Wednesday 28 Nov 2012

Hot Key Books Editorial Director Sara O'Connor has completed a multi-book deal with The New York Times bestselling YA author Maureen Johnson: three books in the SUITE SCARLETT series, and the final two books in THE SHADES OF LONDON series, currently published in the UK by HarperCollins. At the same time, Hot Key has acquired Johnson's debut novel THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD, never before published in the UK.

Crowned Queen of Teen 2012 in the UK, Maureen has a huge fan base with almost 65K Twitter followers – winning Mashable's 'Most Interesting Twitter User to Follow' award and being named by TIME magazine as one of the most influential tweeters – as well as her own Maureen Johnson merchandise on sale.

Maureen published her first novel, THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD, in 2004 and has written a further 8 novels for young adults including 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, DEVILISH, LET IT SNOW (with John Green and Lauren Myracle) and the SHADES OF LONDON series. Her books have been translated into 15 languages worldwide.

Fellow bestselling YA author Cassandra Clare called THE NAME OF THE STAR, the first book in the SHADES OF LONDON series, "A gorgeously written, chilling, atmospheric thriller. The streets of London have never been so sinister or so romantic."

Hot Key Books announced the acquisition with a fan-targeted series of video blogs and 'We Stare Because We Care' social media campaign – a tongue-in-cheek play on Maureen's own Twitter description: 'There's a fine line between good eye contact and the piercing stare of a psychopath. Maureen is on the wrong side of it.' Fans will be challenged to submit their best stare to win a place in a Google Hangout with Maureen.

Maureen Johnson says: "I am thrilled to be joining Hot Key Books. I love what they are doing, and I think they are going to be an extremely exciting voice for YA books in the UK. I spend a lot of time in the UK, and being there means a lot to me. I've been practicing the language to fit in: Petrol! Nandos! Twitching! ASBO! Top Gear! I feel READY for this!"

Sara O'Connor says: "Maureen is hilarious, generous and a great spokesperson for teen reading. We can't wait to celebrate her reign as Queen of Teen in ever more entertaining ways with her fans."

Hot Key Books acquired the SCARLETT and SHADES UK and Commonwealth rights from KT Literary via RightsMix, and will publish the five titles over the next two years, with the new titles launching simultaneously with the US editions. THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD was acquired from Jean McGInley at HarperCollins.

Hot Key Books is part of the Bonnier Publishing Group.


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Notes to Editors

About Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is an American author of young adult fiction. She has published eight young adult novels to date, including The Key to the Golden Firebird, The Bermudez Triangle, Devilish, Girl at Sea, The Name of the Star, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and The Last Little Blue Envelope, Suite Scarlett series. Maureen lives in New York City and is a regular visitor to the UK.

About Hot Key Books

Hot Key Books is a top quality, strongly commercial and diverse fiction list, and a major player in children's publishing. The company name derives from the power of stories to open doors and feed the imagination of readers. Hot Key Books seeks to unlock the power of reading, a love of books and a joy of stories for readers of all ages. It also reflects the digital age in which we now live through its association with 'hot key' commands - the short cut command on a keyboard.

About Bonnier Publishing

Bonnier Publishing is a rapidly growing children's publisher based in the UK, with offices in Australia and France. It is owned by Bonnier Books, which is a top 20 world publisher with a turnover of £600m. Bonnier Publishing is primarily the English language arm of Bonnier Books and it currently comprises children's publishers Templar, Autumn, Five Mile Press, Weldon Owen, Piccolia in France and the newly launched Hot Key Books. Bonnier Publishing was named a Top 5 Climber in The Bookseller's Independent Children's Publisher list in 2011.

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