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A nine-year-old girl has successfully obtained a big book deal for her novel, to be co-written with her father and published in 2017 (along with film/TV rights for adaptation). Heidi Lysiak came to attention after breaking a story in her local Pennsylvania paper about a murder, but she has also reported on other events in her neighbourhood, from tornadoes to burglaries. Heidi’s stories are inspired by Harriet the Spy and Nancy Drew mysteries, and will follow the character Hilde, as she seeks to solve cases.

In other book news:

Marvel have announced the newcomer to take over the role of Iron Man. Riri Williams, an African American science student at MIT, will take on the mantle of one of the Avengers’ most famous leaders – oh, and Riri happens to be a woman. The series’ writers plan to retire the character of Tony Stark at the end of the current arc (Civil War II), and Riri will don the title.

Judith Kerr, author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, was awarded the BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award last week in honour of her service to children’s literature.

Sarah Waters will be honoured this Thursday by Goldsmiths University of London in recognition of the author’s inspirational career. Waters, who has written many well-received best-sellers and critically beloved books (Affinity, Fingersmith and recently The Paying Guests to name only three) is to be awarded an honorary fellowship.

Finally, Paul Auster, the 69-year-old American author of the New York Trilogy, has a new book arriving in 2017. The novel, titled 4 3 2 1, tells of Archibald Isaac Ferguson and his four parallel lives, told in rotating chapters.

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