Silvia Molteni Taking Submissions

Silvia Molteni

Head of Children's Books

Silvia Molteni is the head of the children’s and YA books department at PFD. She manages her own list of clients alongside selling foreign rights in our children’s and YA titles worldwide. Silvia also handles all audio rights for the agency. The Bookseller named Silvia 2019’s Rising Star.


What I'm looking for...

I am looking for MG and YA fiction. As far as MG goes, I’d like to find strong and diverse voices, with a preference for contemporary and realistic settings and magical realism. I’d love a laugh-out-loud story, but am always keen to read fiction with endearing characters, mind-blowing adventures and stories with lots of heart. I always enjoy dark and gothic tales and generally veer towards voice and character driven narratives as well as literary fiction and gorgeous writing. Think of Holes by Louis Sachar, The Witches by Roald Dahl, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

On the YA side, I’m looking for fiction across all genres, but again preferably literary, character-driven, incredibly voicy and beautifully written; more specifically these days, I’d love to find a great psychological thriller as well as a clever and atmospheric horror; light fantasy is of interest, while commercial fantasy that involves complicated world building, multiple books and high wordcount is not my cup of tea. Good examples of the kind of YA/crossover books that I love are We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Alice and the Fly by James Rice, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Finally, I’m also on the hunt for original non-fiction books aimed at children and YA – from memoir to manuals, popular science and humorous books.



Silvia Molteni @sfmolteni

Calling all Sarah McIntyre fans!

SHOO! is SO much exuberant fun, in stock and We Ship Worldwide:

By @susienottbower & @francescagam, first copies come with this FREE POSTCARD, signed by Susie on the back with a personal, handwritten message! ❤❤❤

Touching on themes of historical racism, the new book from @onjalirauf, shines a light on the stories our history books have yet to contain and the power of friendships that can last through generations. Get your copy now:

It’s time! 🕗
Our #PrimarySchoolBookClub📚 Pick (October) we’ve voted to read over November is...

Illus.: @PippaCurnick

See you to discuss & vote in next #PrimarySchoolBookClub📚 on Tuesday 30th November.

Thanks for voting & happy reading!

📚 My #MonthlyMustReads for October 2021:
⭐️The False Rose
⭐️Ghostcloud @mikebmann
⭐️The Lion Above the Door @OnjaliRauf
⭐️My Skin, Your Skin: Let’s talk about race, racism & empowerment @LauraHAllain @onichum
⭐️You Can! @Stricolo

👀➡️Reviews & poster:

"This was it. Everything I had been dreaming of without allowing myself to think it could one day be real."

They dreamt of finding another world, but found each other. #CityofLostDreamers is out now! By @LisaLueddecke.

Looking for a treat for Halloween? 🧙‍♀️

Why not pick up the new children's book 'Rosemary and the Dead' by Emmerdale actress Samantha Giles! @sammeegiles

We have limited signed copies in store now!

Travelling through secret underground tunnels and around the Egyptian desert, Rosie, Adi + Lois must solve a series of riddles before it's too late.

Read @sammeegiles' Rosemary and the Book of the Dead here:


🎃 Escape to Witch City by @ELatimerWrites, The Dollhouse by @CharisCotter, and Evie and the Truth about Witches by @johnmartz are included in @100scopenotes' "The Spookiest Children’s Books of 2021"

If you missed me being interviewed by the lovely @clbleakley on @lorraine this morning do have a catch up on the ITV hub- such fun to be discussing my new children’s book. Rosemary and The Book of the Dead…..

In a world ruled by fear of witches, some secrets are deadly. A thrilling new fantasy adventure set in historical London, 'Escape to Witch City' by @ELatimerWrites is our Featured #CanLit in-store! @TundraBooks 💕👻📚 #IReadCanadian #ShopSmall

An amazing new fantasy world with a young heroine, Siya, as she sets out to find the lost pieces of the magical map that will save the city.

Inspired by folk tales, #CityofLostDreamers is out now! @LisaLueddecke

.@onjalirauf’s books are stories of friendship and hope and her latest, The Lion Above the Door, is no exception. It is an incredible story about missing histories and the concept of a universal family. Get your copy today:

It's giveaway time for SHOO! And not only copies of our book, but original drawings of Mrs Golightly by the very talented @francescagam and signed postcards from me! Enter now (closes on Friday!) x

Gorgeous fantasy inspired by @LisaLueddecke's Hungarian heritage and wonderful folktales. All available now.

Welcome to the Usborne family @_catgray ✨

We can't wait to introduce readers everywhere to the enchanting world of #Spellstoppers! 📚

Coming Summer 2022! ✨

Ready to bimini bon be in Brighton to host @biminibabes book tour on Monday 18th October at @TOMvenue - get your tickets here! @penguinlive

Very excited to finally be able to talk about this...

So excited to be working on the magical delight that is #Spellstoppers from @_catgray - filled with equal parts spookiness and fun, unforgettable characters and misbehaving enchantments, coming next summer!🦉🔥 🍦✨ @rebeccashill @sfmolteni

We had our first in-person author visit in almost two years on Tuesday!
@rosswelford amazed all the children with his magic and story writing masterclass and signed books sold by local bookshop @StorysmithBooks. ✨📚

All of these were borrowed from the library the next morning!

Ending the night where it all began: @RochesterCathed - where thanks to @luxmuralis, The Wall of Names which sowed the seeds for #TheLionAboveTheDoor, was lit up in splendid glory. Thank you @RemonaAly for leading me through those doors, all those years ago. Let the roars go on🦁