PRH acquires Chadderton middle-grade graphic novel

PRH acquires Chadderton middle-grade graphic novel

29 July, 2021

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has acquired world rights to the contemporary middle-grade graphic novel Oh, Brother by Adelaide author-illustrator Georgina Chadderton.

Rights were acquired in a joint deal between PRH Australia, Random House Graphic (US), PRH Children’s (UK) and Tundra Books (Canada), via Annabel Barker at Annabel Barker Agency and Daniel Lazar at Writers House.

Inspired by Chadderton’s relationship with her autistic brother Rob, Oh, Brother is a story of friendship, family and love between siblings. ‘I started writing my book because, growing up, barely anyone my age knew what autism was or looked like,’ said Chadderton. ‘This has changed, but there is still a lack of stories and support networks for siblings. I want other siblings to know they are not alone … I’m writing this book for 12-year-old me.’

PRH Australia children’s publisher Zoe Walton said: ‘Georgina’s story is relatable and funny, honest and real, informative and charming. To work with Georgina alongside editors from the US, Canada and the UK is going to be such an incredible experience.’

Chadderton’s largely autobiographical comics have been published, under her comics identity George Rex, in comics anthologies and literary journals in Australia and internationally. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Papercuts Comics Festival, and has appeared in several interstate and international writers’ festivals including Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Oh, Brother will be published simultaneously in Australia, the US, the UK and Canada in 2024.

Photo credit: Gabe Clark

Originally published by Books and Publishing (Read More)