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by AJ Betts

It is a 2-book series that tells the story of Hayley, a 15 year-old beekeeper who grows up in an underwater seed-vault. Book 1 concludes with Hayley forced to choose whether to stay in the vault, or leave for the unknown world above water. In Book 2 Hayley discovers the world we know, full of wonder and possibilities, but also dangers as people discover how special Hayley is.

Pan Macmillan Australia won a 6-way auction and will publish Book 1 in June 2018 and Book 2 in December 2018.

‘I absolutely loved the VAULT books. Such an intriguing premise so exquisitely drawn through the plot, the characterisation and the writing. (There were so many lines I reread - for the sheer joy of them.) The whole company is behind the books and the enthusiasm for them at the publishing meeting was amazing.’

- Claire Craig, Publisher, Pan Macmillan

‘AJ Betts' world building is wonderfully assured and richly imagined, and her characters sparkle with life. The honeycombed world of the Vault is both dreamlike and real, and I absolutely loved it. I am sure booksellers and readers will fall under its spell too, and I can't wait to start selling it.’

- Katie Crawford, Sales Director, Pan Macmillan

AJ Betts’ previous novel ZAC & MIA was published by Text Publishing in 2013 and sold in 10 territories (list below with publishers names). ZAC & MIA’s foreign rights were sold via Text, and it’s possible these publishers have first-look rights:

ZAC & MIA international publishers:

Germany: Fischer KJB (Eva Kutter editor)

NL: Blossom Books

Turkey: Pena Yayinlari

Spain: Salamandra

Brazil: Novo Conceito

Poland: Wydawnictwo

Italy: Salani

US: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Canada: Harper Collins

Russia: Livebook/Gayatri

A note about Korea: Danielstone Publishing Company is the publisher of WAVELENGTH, another previous novel by AJ Betts.