Novelist, essayist, and former Warner Brothers executive Amy Ephron sold her first work for children, The Castle in the Mist, to Philomel Books. Jill Santopolo at the Penguin Young Readers Group imprint acquired world rights from Kari Stuart at ICM and attorney Robert Myman at Myman Greenspan. The book, which is aimed at readers ages 812 and set for a spring 2017 release, follows siblings Tessa and Max, who discover a magical key that gives them access to the ancient castle next to their house. The key also gives the indecisive Tessa a chance to have a single wish granted. Ephron, who said shes always wanted to write for a younger audience, called Castle a modern-day mash-up of an old-fashioned childrens novel.
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