The deal sees Raven Books, Ransom’s new YA imprint, launching Australian author Claire Zorn in the UK
Ransom Publishing, traditionally a schools’ publisher, has taken on a licensing deal with University of Queensland Press and Australian author Claire Zorn to publish under its recently-established YA imprint Raven Books. The company’s md, Jenny Ertle, happened to pick up a copy of Zorn’s novel, One Would Think the Deep, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Raven Books will publish in the UK in August.
According to the publisher, the novel is about seventeen-year-old Sam, whose life is ‘uprooted after the sudden death of his mother. Sent to live with his estranged aunt and cousins, Sam finds relief from constant emotional turmoil in his growing relationship with the sea. But his new life is far from just surfboards and sunshine: family wounds reopen and bitter memories threaten his relationships. In the midst of secrets and damage, Sam faces difficult choices.’
Zorn’s first YA novel, The Sky So Heavy, was a 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book for Older Readers. One Would Think the Deep is her third novel for the YA market.