Working Partners, the UK’s leading creator of series fiction for children, and a Coolabi Group company, has announced a new deal with Orchard Books to publish hit book series Beast Quest for a further ten years.
The popular books series by Adam Blade, first published in 2007 by Orchard Books, has now sold over 15 million copies globally, with over 100 titles published to date and is available in over 30 languages. The series was voted Number 9 Best Book 2015 by children in the W.H.Smiths children’s book survey and maintains the position of being the 6th most borrowed author from UK libraries.
A number of Beast Quest publishing formats have been created including the core fiction series, sticker books and collectors non-fiction titles. The epic adventure continues with Series 19 currently in development (books 99 -102) along with Series 18 and 19 special edition books, which complement the fiction series.
Extending the brand further, the hugely successful Beast Quest gaming app, produced by Coolabi Group and Miniclip, launched in 2015 and took the gaming world by storm with worlds and adventures straight from the pages of the best-selling book series. The game was featured on iTunes home page “Best New Game” in over 120 countries during launch and has achieved over six million downloads to date.
Chris Snowdon, Managing Director, Working Partners says, “We are excited and delighted that Orchard has renewed its license for Beast Quest and increased its commitment to forward publishing. We are particularly proud of how Beast Quest has connected with readers, and helped foster a love of reading amongst boys in particular”.
Valerie Fry, Director of Licensing, Coolabi adds; “This is great news, demonstrating the strength of the brand, demand from the fans and continued publishing commitment for many years to come”.
Megan Larkin, Publishing Director of Orchard Books, comments “As the leading publisher of series fiction for children we’re thrilled to renew our commitment to Beast Quest, the top boys’ series for almost a decade. We have lots of exciting plans to attract even more fans around the 10th anniversary in 2017.”
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Katy Sykes- Sundae Communications
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About Beast Quest
Beast Quest is the popular fiction book series by Adam Blade for 6-9 year old boys and girls, first published in July 2007 by Orchard Books. The hit children’s book series has sold 15 million copies globally, with 7 million copies in the UK alone, has been translated into 30+ languages, with over 100 titles published to date.
Each series focuses on the themes of friendship, fantasy and adventure, encouraging children to read by infusing the subject matter with elements they enjoy. Beast Quest is favoured by parents and teachers as the structure encourages children to read a whole series (4 or 6 titles), rather than just one book.
The Beast Quest gaming app, co-produced by Coolabi and Miniclip for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, was launched in 2014 and has achieved over six million global downloads to date. The role-playing game transforms the player into the character of the hero, Tom, who must free the magical Beasts of Avantia while collecting lost treasures and gems.
About Coolabi Group
Coolabi Group is a leading independent international media group and rights owner specialising in the creation, development and brand management of children’s and family intellectual property rights.
The group has particular expertise in books, television and digital.
Coolabi owns the rights in over 20 TV series and some 360 half- hours of programming; it has shows airing in more than 140 territories on channels including: ABC, Cartoon Network, CBeebies, CBBC, Clan / TVE, Disney, F5, ITV, Kika, Nickelodeon and Sprout.
Brands owned and represented by Coolabi include the much-anticipated remake of Clangers, currently airing on CBeebies, and Scream Street, currently in production for broadcast on CBBC. Other properties include Beast Quest, Domo, Poppy Cat, Purple Ronnie and the Smallfilms’ properties Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine.
The group also creates original series fiction for publishers and has created some 100 published series, consisting of over 1,000 books, sold in more than 40 languages. Four of these series, Warriors, Beast Quest, Animal Ark and Rainbow Magic have sold over ten million copies each and Coolabi is currently working on brand extensions for some of these properties the latest example being the hit new Beast Quest mobile game, co-produced with Miniclip.
About Working Partners
Working Partners, the UK’s leading creator of series fiction for children has created over 100 published series, consisting of over 1,000 books, sold in over 40 languages. The books are published all around the world, with a number having sold in excess of a million copies each, and includes some of the most successful recent series in children fiction, including Warriors, Beast Quest, Animal Ark, Heartland and Rainbow Magic.