Candlewick Entertainment, an imprint of Candlewick Press, has acquired world rights in all languages to a series of books for young readers based on Ride the TV series, which is currently airing daily on Nickelodeon USA at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The books were acquired by Joan Powers, group editorial director for Candlewick Entertainment and Walker Entertainment, from Breakthrough Entertainment. The book series will launch in September 2017 with Ride: Kit Meets Covington. Two additional titles will follow in spring 2018.
This new chapter for Ride builds on the success of the TV series, which follows the journey of Kit Bridges (Kendra Leigh Timmins), an American teenager who must adjust to life in England at The Covington Academy, after her father accepts his dream job as the equestrian supervisor at the school. The series first launched in Canada on September 5, 2016, on YTV and in the U.K. on November 7, 2016, on Nickelodeon, and has since launched on Nickelodeon channels worldwide.
“We are thrilled to be working with the amazing team at Candlewick on this new book series,” said Joan Lambur of Breakthrough Entertainment, the executive producer of Ride. “We are confident that young readers will love following Kit on her adventures in the English countryside.”
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About Candlewick Press
Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For twenty-five years Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature emerita Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books U.K. in London and Walker Books Australia. The Walker Books Group has a unique ownership structure that includes all of its employees worldwide. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com.
About Breakthrough Entertainment
Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. is an award-winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. The entertainment studio’s operations include the development and distribution of feature films, television and digital content; international co-productions and production services. Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks amongst the industry’s most respected producers of high quality interactive entertainment on mobile and online platforms. Established over 30 years ago, Breakthrough’s library now boasts over 40 feature films and 4000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels across the globe. The studio has been recognized with international awards including numerous Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards, and Canadian Comedy Awards. www.breakthroughentertainment.com. Follow @breakthru_ent on Twitter.
“This is a departure for us, since it’s our first foray into teenage material,” Joan Powers, group editorial director for Candlewick Entertainment and Walker Entertainment, told Publishers Weekly.
The first novel, Ride: Kit Meets Covington, will launch in September 2017, with two more titles set for March and May 2018. Three are planned annually going forward under the multi-year agreement. All of the books, authored by tie-in veteran Bobbi JG Weiss, will be derived from the television scripts; the inaugural book covers the first five episodes. Kit Meets Covington will also include a bonus eight-page full-color insert featuring stills from the series.
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