We’re delighted that Phantom Hearts, a graphic novel from Rosie Talbot exploring mental health and first love, has been acquired by Scholastic UK. World rights were secured by Scholastic UK’s Lauren Fortune from Maddy Belton. This acquisition forms part of a two-book deal, with a novel set to be published in 2025.
Sixteen-year-old Malia is popular, pretty and smart, but underneath her carefully crafted façade she’s struggling with anxiety. When a school bus crashes killing some of her fellow students, Malia is thrown into a further emotional spiral as she remembers the students; rebel and dropout Shepherd; volatile track star Russ; and brainy Emil. When Malia meets Keezy, the cute daughter of a local mechanic, the two begin to question the motive for the crash. As Malia and Keezy start to uncover secrets, Malia starts to see ghosts wherever she goes.
Scholastic have described Phantom Hearts as ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder meets Heartstopper with a supernatural murder mystery twist.’ Scholastic’s Lauren Fortune says: ‘Her story has given us all chills and we will be pairing her with the perfect illustrator for a major launch next autumn.’
Rosie Talbot is an author, Waterstones bookseller and Tiktok creator with over 135,000 followers. She is a graduate of Curtis Brown Creative and Write Mentor. Her YA debut Sixteen Souls was published last year, and the sequel, Twelve Bones, will be published later this year.