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New acquisition from Costa winner Catherine O’Flynn

We have acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to Lori & Max, a touching middle-grade story of home, school and detective work by Costa winner Catherine O’Flynn from Lucy Luck at C&W.

Publishing in summer/autumn 2019, Lori & Max is Catherine O’Flynn’s first book for children. A charming, funny mystery of street-smart girls, criminal hamsters and the everyday heroics of friendship.
Lori Mason dreams of being a private detective like her favourite crime-fighting duo Jim and Sylvie Clandestino. She spends her days looking for signs of criminal activity at school and on the streets, keeping a careful note of her suspicions in her top-secret notebook. The only problem is that nothing much seems to happen in New Heath until the troubled Max joins class 5B, and the two outsiders are drawn together to fight real crimes and conspiracies in their very own classroom.’
Catherine O’Flynn says: 'Lori & Max is a funny, gritty story of inner city girls battling malevolent hamsters, lazy stereotypes and crimes both real and imagined. I feel so lucky to be published by Firefly – a great independent with such a select list. I’m excited about working with them on Lori & Max and bringing the realism and humour of my writing to a new audience.'
For general information contact Megan Farr at
For rights enquiries contact Lucy Luck at C&W 7393 4221

Gaslight wins Ysgol Bae Baglan Book Awards 2018

Huge congratulations to Eloise Williams for winning the Ysgol Bae Baglan Book Awards 2018 middle school category for her historical novel Gaslight. The pupils who voted were from schools across the Neath and Port Talbot areas in south Wales.

Eloise said: "I'm thrilled to have been given this award because it was voted for by the young readers themselves. So happy that they enjoyed reading Gaslight and chose it as their winner!"
Eloise's next book Seaglass is a gripping contemporary ghost story publishing on 12 September.

Three Strikes cover reveal

We are very happy to reveal the cover of Three Strikes, a chilling collection of three YA novellas from Lucy Christopher, Kat Ellis and Rhian Ivory. Many thanks to Lucy Powrie (Queen of Contemporary) for hosting the cover reveal on #ukyachat. The wonderful cover design is by Anne Glenn.

Three Strikes includes:
The Darkness by Lucy Christopher
Kasha has answered the advert for The Tribe. Now she sits writing alone in the darkness of the jungle. Is she the only one left? Then she spots a red light blinking at her from the darkness. Cat’s eyes? A camera?
The Twins of Blackfin by Kat Ellis
Every evening Bo visits her best friend Sky’s grave. One night she hears a girl’s voice. Following it leads her to a journal and a crypt. 
Matchgirl by Rhian Ivory
A modern YA retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s 'The Little Match Girl'. Busking, runaway Nia is mugged and left badly hurt in a tunnel. All she has is three matches, and she starts seeing pictures in the light... A story of grief, love and music.
Come and grab a sampler and goodies from our stand at YALC. Kat Ellis will be on the stand to sign copies and chat on Saturday 28 July from 12 midday
Publishing 11 October priced £7.99 pre-order now

Firefly Press acquires YA novel Summer of no Regrets

We are delighted to announce that we have acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to Summer of no Regrets, a diverse, ‘up lit’ YA novel by debut author Kate Mallinder from Hannah Sheppard from DHH Literary Agency.

Summer of no Regrets is a feel-good contemporary novel about friendship which touches on the big issues faced daily by teenagers who are growing up and finding their own sense of independence. It will publish in paperback in May 2019.
After Hetal’s gran shares her life-long regret about not seeing her now terminally ill best friend for 50 years, friends Cam, Hetal, Nell and Sasha decide to have a summer of #NoRegrets. But living their summer regret-free isn’t as simple as it first seems and as their lives unravel it’s their friendship that gives them the strength to face up to the future.
Firefly Editor Rebecca Lloyd says: 'Summer of No Regrets is a perfect, heart warming read for teenage girls, with a mix of humour, sensitivity and real-life issues. Its socially and ethnically diverse group of girls have wonderfully authentic and supportive relationships – it is a life-enhancing celebration of friendship.’
Kate Mallinder says: ‘I’m thrilled that Summer of No Regrets is to be published by the award-winning team at Firefly. It is quite literally my daydream come true.’
Kate Mallinder lives with her husband, four children and a grumpy cat near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire. She wrote Summer of No Regrets as part of her own ‘no regrets’ pledge, along with trying to surf, which didn’t go so well. If left to her own devices, she’d live on a window seat with a good book and a never-ending cup of tea. @KateMallinder
For general information contact Megan Farr at
For rights enquiries contact Hannah Sheppard, DHH Literary Agency at 836 7376

The Jewelled Jaguar wins the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2018

We are thrilled that The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza has won the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2018. Sharon was presented with her award at a ceremony at Halifax Town Hall on 22 June. 


Sharon says 'It was an extraordinary day, so rewarding with kids that were totally engaged. I loved it.'

The other shortlisted books were:

Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin
His Royal Whiskers by Sam Gayton
The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr