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Mae ein llyfr Cymraeg cyntaf ar gyfer plant 8-11 oed yn cyhoeddi yr wythnos hon

 
Rydym wrth ein bodd yn cyhoeddi ein stori gyntaf yn Gymraeg, Sgramblo gan Huw Davies.

Dyma stori antur fywiog llawn digrifwch am fwlis, teulu, teyrngarwch a beiciau sgramblo wedi ei lleoli yn Ysgol Maesunig yn un o gymoedd y de. 

Mae’r ‘disgybl perffaith’, pedair ar ddeg mlwydd oed, Davidde (roedd ei rieni’n cael trafferth sillafu) yn byw gyda’i dad ar ôl colli’i fam. Mae ei dad yn gwneud ei orau, ond mae y prifathro newydd yn cyhuddo Davidde o fod yn grwt trafferthus, wedi iddo  ddatblygu angerdd am sgramblo beiciau modur. Drwy rhagori yn ei hobi newydd mae Davidde yn mynd i’r afael â bwlis yr ysgol,  ennyn parch ei dad ac yn datrys dirgelwch y Marchog Du. 
 
Mae’n  gyfrol fydd yn apelio at fechgyn ond yn cynnwys merched penderfynnol a stori sydd â pherthynas tad a mab yn galon iddi. 
 
 
 
We are delighted to publish our first middle grade story in Welsh, Sgramblo by Huw Davies.
 
Sgramblo is a lively, humorous adventure story about bullies, family, loyalty and motorbikes, based in Maesunig School in a south Wales valley.
 
Fourteen-year-old, Davidde (his parents had difficulty spelling) lives with his widowed father. His father is doing his best to raise him and Davidde is a model pupil at school. However, when the new headmaster accuses Davidde of trouble, he gets more involved in his new-found passion for scrambling. By excelling in his new hobby Davidde confronts the school bullies, earns his father's respect and solves the mystery of the Black Rider. 
 
It is a book that will appeal to boys but also includes strong female characters and has a father-son relationship at the heart of its story.
 
 

New books out in October

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

Publishing 4 October, PB, ages 9+
 
'The Clockwork Crow was lying on its side. One of its small bright eyes was looking right at her.'
 
When Seren Rhys is given a newspaper parcel by a stranger late at night in a freezing Victorian train station, she has no idea what trouble it contains. She is heading for a new life at the remote country house of Plas-y Fran, but when she gets there the happy family Christmas she hoped for turns out to be an illusion. Because Tomos has been missing for a year and a day, and if the strange and dangerous Family have really taken him, who would be mad enough to try and get him back?
 
Armed with a talking bird who might not be telling the truth, a magical snow globe and her own indomitable courage, Seren sets off on a journey into a midnight world of snow and stars, to an ice palace unlocked only by a Door of Blood and Tears.
 
The Clockwork Crow is a gripping Christmas tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales.
 
Praise for The Clockwork Crow:
 
'A marvellous book, and a book of marvels, shivery with suspense, snow and sinister magic - the most seasonal treat since The Box of Delights.’ Amanda Craig
 
‘This book is a lovely read … intrigue, danger and mystery! Definitely an excellent read for those winter nights ahead!’ Waterstones Durham
 
'Catherine Fisher, a 'writer of rare talent', has produced a sparkling, snow-wrapped, ice-capped marvel. Beautifully and skillfully crafted, inspired by folklore and featuring a cast of endearing characters. Totally magical and such a great read. Got to be one of THE books of 2018.' Family Bookworms
 
'I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get lost in a world of magic, mystery, and adventure. Go to Plas-y-Fran. I promise you will not be disappointed. 6 stars!' Roachie's Reviews
 
'A spellbinding tale glistening with magic and mystery that competely enchanted me.' Booklover Jo
 
'A novel filled with atmosphere and charm, The Clockwork Crow will leave you spellbound.' Emma Perry, My Book Corner
 
Catherine will be in conversation with Eloise Williams at Waterstones Swansea on Thursday 1 November, 6.30pm and signing books at Waterstones Durham on Saturday 3 November from 11am-2pm. To book your place please contact the stores. 
 
 
 
 
Publishing 11 October, PB, ages 15+
 
'YA as it should be – dangerous, dark and daring. I loved it.'  CJ Skuse
 
A red eye blinks in the darkness; a hidden door opens to a lost crypt; a life is held in the light of a flickering flame … welcome to Three Strikes.
 
Step into the unknown world of The Tribe with Kasha in THE DARKNESS by Lucy Christopher; be entranced by the ghostly voices of THE TWINS OF BLACKFIN by Kat Ellis, or lose yourself in a haunting retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s  ‘The Little Match Girl’ - MATCHGIRL by Rhian Ivory. Whether you like your stories dark or darker, Three Strikes is the perfect under-the-covers read! 
 
Praise for Three Strikes:
 
'Three unsettling but thoroughly compelling new stories from the Grand High Witches of thrilling YA, this is a veritable bubbling cauldron of mystery, mischievousness and mayhem. YA as it should be – dangerous, dark and daring. I loved it.' CJ Skuse
 
'A compulsive, addictive read. Chilling and eerie - a must!' Dawn Kurtagich
 
'Three deeply compelling, dark tales that twist and snare the imagination. Three tales of love, loss, heartache and page turning mystery.' Jenniely
 
‘Mysterious, intriguing and chilling. This is a fab collection for anyone who likes their tales just a little bit twisted… Three Strikes is perfect reading for long winter-evenings.’ Elen Caldecott
 
''The Darkness' by Lucy Christopher is such a beautiful story - mysterious, exciting, deeply emotional and with a rare spiritual depth. It stays in the mind like a prayer.' Melvin Burgess
 
"'The Darkness': A raw tale, reminiscent of Black Mirror, with compelling characters stranded in a stark landscape, all bound together in gritty, gripping writing.' Joanna Nadin
 
''Matchgirl' by Rhian Ivory is a tingling, winter storm of a story! Nia and Sol, ice and sunlight, loss and finding, the fragile flame of matchlight hope, and the music that holds them all.' Hilary McKay 
 
Lucy Christopher, Kat Ellis and Rhian Ivory will be in conversation with book blogger Chelley Toy at Waterstones Birmingham on Wednesday 24 October, 6.30pm, at YA Lit Cardiff at Cardiff Library on Saturday 1 December, 3-5pm and Waterstones Swansea on Sunday 2 December, 11am. To book your place please contact the stores. 
 
 

New out in September

Seaglass by Eloise Williams is a chilling contemporary ghost story for middle grade readers from the award-winning author of Gaslight.

Lark struggles when her family and their friends go on holiday in a lonely caravan site on the Pembrokeshire coast for the autumn half term. Her mother is ill, her little sister has stopped speaking and she has fallen out with her best friend. Is a girl in a green dress following her in the fog? Or is her sister playing tricks on her? When a local woman tells her ‘the girl’ comes to take sisters, Lark finds herself fighting to save her family.
 
The ghost and family storylines are cleverly woven together to address themes of identity and prejudice in a chilling and entertaining contemporary ghost story from the award-winning author of Gaslight, winner of the Wales Arts Review Young People’s Book of the Year 2017.

View the trailer here. 

Buy the book here. 

 

Praise for Seaglass:

'A fascinating mystery wrapping a sensitive portrayal of adolescence as Lark is tumbled and changed by the storms and calms of growing up like the seaglass of the title.' Celia Rees

'Brilliant. So atmospheric, and chilling, and gripping, but with real warmth at its heart. Loved the heroine; a character of real complexity, and Eloise Williams' writing is as shining and beautiful as the book’s title.' Kiran Milwood-Hargrave

'What a book. Powerful and thought-provoking, with family and friendship at its core and so much to say about the importance of words and compassion. Truly exceptional.' Amy Wilson

‘Much more than a seriously spooky and atmospheric ghost story, Seaglass is also a powerful portrait of a family in crisis, with a completely convincing teen narrator. Fantastic stuff!’ Lucy Strange

'Seaglass is definitely a book to add to your reading list - you won't be disappointed!’ The Book Activist

'I adored her previous novel, Gaslight but I think Lark and Snow might have stolen my heart. 10/10 for Seaglass.' Rhian Ivory
 
'I absolutely adored this book! A proper ghost story, swirling with atmosphere and tension, all tangled in those liminal areas between land and sea, life and death, anger and sorrow and childhood and adult life. A true pleasing terror, and beautifully crafted.' Kenilworth Books

'A deliciously atmospheric ghost story set on the salty windswept Welsh coast.' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

'wonderfully gripping, it dazzles like sea glass itself. 5 stars.' Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher and #PrimarySchoolBookClub

'A wonderfully atmospheric ghost story.' Claire Fayers

'A beautifully written, roller coaster ride of a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.' Lu Hersey

'An eerie, entrancing ghost story.' Liz Flanagan

'Its totally absorbing characters and wild, windy landscapes had me wholly gripped.' Family Bookworms Wales

'Eloise Williams expertly sucks the reader in ... I hoped it would never end.' Julia Thum

'I fell heart and soul into this chilling ghost story.' Anna the Bookworm

'Seaglass will frighten, amuse and satisfy readers who enjoy heartfelt family drama with a supernatural element. Perfect Autumn reading.’ KM Lockwood

 

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 megan.farr@fireflypress.co.uk/07912149249
 
For rights enquiries contact Lucy Luck at C&W Lucy@cwagency.co.uk/020 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.