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Looking for the perfect gift? Christmas wishes granted with these classic titles from award-winning Firefly Press

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds by Horatio Clare illustrated by Jane Matthews

£7.99, 15 May 2017, 8-12s
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Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018, Shortlisted for the Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2018
Longlisted for the 2018 UKLA Book Awards
Longlisted for the Shrewsbury Best Book Award 2018
Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week
Selected as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2017 by Amanda Craig in the New Statesman

It’s the Easter holidays, you’ve just become as small as an earwig, the swallows are back (and offering you rides), and a spider wakes you up in the middle of the night and asks you to save the world. Then, as if that weren’t enough, the Ladybirdz turn up from Bohemia to find Rushing Wood does not want them... The world of Aubrey, the boy who can talk to animals (and understand the answers), grows larger and faster in this moving and hilarious story from award-winning children’s author Horatio Clare.

The first Aubrey adventure Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, won the Branford Boase Award for the best first children's book of 2016.

'Here is a wondrous tale ... Horatio Clare has the voice of a great storyteller.' Michael Morpurgo

 

Gaslight by Eloise Williams

£6.99, April 2017, 8-12s
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Shortlisted for the Ysgol Bae Baglan Book Awards 2017, longlisted for the Shrewsbury Best Book Award  View trailer here 

Cardiff 1899. All Nansi knows is that she and her mother were running away from someone ... and then she was being fished out of Cardiff docks with no memory of how she got there. Her mother hasn’t been seen since. With nobody else to turn to, she works for Pernicious Sid at the Empire Theatre. She loves it when she gets the chance to perform and dreams of being a star, but Sid also makes her steal, sneaking into rich houses dressed as a maid, telling her the money will pay for a dectective to find out who she is. Life is hard but Nansi is a fighter, determined to protect her friend Bee and, most of all, to find her mother.

Everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre. At first it looks like Violet might be Nansi’s big break, but it’s Con that holds the real secret. Who can Nansi trust? As she starts to get closer to the truth, she's soon on the run for her life.

Can Nansi save her mother? Can she save herself?

 ‘A darkly delicious romp through the backstreets of Victorian Cardiff. I loved it!’ Emma Carroll

 

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare illustrated by Jane Matthews

£7.99 Order Now free p&p, 8-12s

A modern-day fable by an award-winning author

WINNER of the Branford Boase Award 

Aubrey is a rambunctious boy who tries to run before he can walk and has crashed two cars before he is old enough to drive one. But when his father, Jim, falls under the horrendous spell of the Terrible Yoot, everything changes. With the help of the creatures of Rushing Wood Aubrey sets out to break the spell. Everyone says his task is impossible, but Aubrey will never give up, even if he must fight the unkillable spirit of despair - The Terrible Yoot - itself!

Funny and fearless, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot is a modern-day fable that mixes real family life with fantastical woodland creatures and a more than a touch of myth and mystery, to tackle the theme of depression head on, complemented by powerful line drawings by illustrator Jane Matthews. 

'A jewel not to be missed.' Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times 
'Rambunctious heart, a poet's eye. It's also really funny' Frank Cottrell Boyce
One of SCOOP magazines top 12 contemporary classics as listed in The Observer
 
 
Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink by Jennifer Killick 

£6.99 May 2017 Order Now, free p&p, 8-12s

Selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017, Longlisted for the Shrewsbury Big Book Award 2018

Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess, who can communicate with animals, they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all.

Alex Sparrow is a funny, mid-grade novel full of farts, jokes and superhero references. Oh, and a rather clever goldfish called Bob. In a world where kids’ flaws and peculiarities are being erased out of existence, Alex and Jess must rely on what makes them different to save the day.

'A brilliantly bonkers, side-splitting, superhero story.' M.G. Leonard

 
The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza

September 2017, £6.99, 8-12s  Order now, free p&p

With his mother is in hospital in a coma, Griffin has to stay with the uncle and aunt he hasn’t seen in years. His cousin Cinnamon doesn’t want him there. What’s going on - is it something to do with the fabulous Aztec knife about to go on display in the museum? Is it really cursed? Griffin and Cinnamon will have to find a way to work together to survive when they are lured down into the secret tunnels…

'Fast-moving, with a great sense of the natural world as well as hints at supernatural beings – good and bad – this is a thoroughly satisfying tale of young people saving the day.' Andrea Reece, Lovereading4kids

 

Thimble Holiday Havoc by Jon Blake Illustrated by Martin Chatterton

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November 2017Part of our must-have Dragonfly Series for 7-10s 

Sequel to THIMBLE MONKEY SUPERSTAR, shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Awards - Lollies 2017 and selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 and Toppsta Summer Reading Guide 2017

Jams lives with his mum, dad and his best friend Thimble, a hugely clever monkey who isn’t Dad’s biggest fan. (Don’t tell anyone what Thimble did with the superglue...) When Mum organises a house-swap holiday to France, what can possibly go wrong? Then Thimble, Jams and Dad find the keys to a speedboat, a drill and a makeshift burglar outfit...

'Hilarious! Another great book from a great author and illustrator team.' Tony Bradman

Read an extract.

 

Grace-Ella, Spells for beginners

Sharon Marie Jones illustrated by Adriana J Puglisi 

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£5.99  Part of our must-have Dragonfly Series for 7-10s 

Longlisted for the Shrewsbury Best Book Award 2018

‘It all began when the black cat strolled into Number 32…’

Grace-Ella is thrilled when Mr Whiskins arrives. She’s always wanted a pet. But Mr Whiskins has a secret. On the ninth day of the ninth month of her ninth year, he tells her: Grace-Ella is a witch! Being a witch is exciting but it isn’t easy. Will Grace-Ella’s best friends still want to be friends with her? Will she be any good at spells? Can she stop the school bully without revealing her magic and breaking the witches’ rules?
 
Grace-Ella’s adventures are about to begin…
 
'Grace-Ella is a super amazing and very imaginative book.' Nina from familybookworms
 
' 'A delightful book and a superb main character in Grace-Ella. I particularly liked Mum's reaction upon finding out her daughter was a witch. Beautifully written with a subtle lesson in not hurting others threaded through it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.' Toppsta review
 
 
For YA readers:
Hope by Rhian Ivory
 
September 2017, Paperback £7.99

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Beautiful YA drama from the Carnegie nominated author of The Boy who Drew the Future

Plan Bs are for people who fail.

 I just never, not once, not even for a tiny moment, thought I would need one.

It's the summer before sixth-form college. When Hope doesn't get into drama college, and her friends do, all her plans fall apart. She's struggling with grief for her father and a sense that her own body is against her. A chance meeting with an attractive Irish guy on a ferry and a summer job with the Singing Medicine group at Birmingham Children's Hospital force her to rethink, but it won't be easy. This beautiful novel from Rhian Ivory is about finding your voice and having the courage to ask for help.  

'A wonderful, believable read. Hope is an honest and powerful voice that will speak to many.' Eve Ainsworth

 

The Territory by Sarah Govett

May 2015 pb £7.99 Order Now, free p&p 

Shortlisted for the Trinity Schools Book Award 2018

YA dystopia, first in trilogy. Book 2 The Territory, Escape Book 3 The Territory, Truth, coming spring 2018

The Territory is a gripping fantasy thriller set in a future Britain where unflooded land is scarce. Everyone must pass an exam at 15 to stay in The Territory or be exiled to the disease-ridden Wetlands. But how can Noa compete when the system is skewed to favour rich kids who can upload information through a Node in the back of their neck? And how can she focus when her heart is being pulled in two directions?

'Brilliantly plotted, utterly gripping and a devastating critique of a results-obsessed education system. This is a book you won't be able to put down!' Gemma Malley, author of The Declaration.

 

The Guardian Children's Books online: Truly heart wrenching! Govett raises issues about our education system, the environment and questions the decisions governments across the world are making. I’d go as far as to call this the 1984 of our time and recommend this as a great read, with a fantastic political context.

 

Firefly Christmas Gift Guide

 
Looking for the perfect book gifts this Christmas? Wishes granted by Firefly Press...
 
Find the best MG and YA stories full of adventure, laugh-out-loud comedy, magic & wonder, myths & legends, spooks & mystery, friends & family with our themed Christmas Book Bundles.
 
All prices include free post and packing. Last orders for Christmas, Tuesday 19 December before midday. 
 
 
For little ones

 
Sophie Finds a Fairy Door by Laura Sheldon, illustrated by Erica Jane Waters (age 3+ £6.95)
 
 
 
 
 
 
For younger readers
 
 
Friends & Family Bundle
 
Dottie Blanket and the Hilltop by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Mina May (age 7+ £5.99)

Elen’s Island by Eloise Williams, illustrated by Gabby Grant (age 7+ £5.99)

The Shiver Stone by Sharon Tregenza (age 8+ £6.99)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Magic & Wonder Super Bundle

Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners by Sharon Marie Jones, illustrated by Adriana J Puglisi (age 7+ £5.99)

Mr Mahli’s Shed and a Ghost Named Dylan by Laura Sheldon, illustrated by Huw Aaron (age 7+ £5.99)

The Flying Bedroom by Heather Dyer, illustrated by Chloe Douglass (age 5+ £5.99)

Steve's Dreams: Steve and the Sabretooth Tiger by Dan Anthony, illustrated by Huw Aaron (age 7+ £5.99)

Steve and the Singing Pirates by Dan Anthony, illustrated by Huw Aaron (age 7+ £5.99)

 
 
 
 
Myths & Legends Bundle

Arthur and Me by Sarah Todd Taylor, illustrated by Peter Stevenson (age 7+ £4.99)

Dragon Gold by Shoo Rayner (age 7+ £5.99)

Dragon White by Shoo Rayner (age 7+ £5.99)

Dragon Red by Shoo Rayner (age 7+ £5.99)

 
 
 
 
 
 
For middle grade readers
 

 

Christmas Classics Bundle

Aubrey & the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare, illustrated by Jane Matthews (age 8+ £7.99)

Aubrey & the Terrible Ladybirds by Horatio Clare, illustrated by Jane Matthews (age 8+ £7.99)

Gaslight by Eloise Williams (age 9+ (£6.99)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scary & Mysterious Bundle

The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza (age 9+ £6.99)

The Shiver Stone by Sharon Tregenza (age 9+ £6.99)

Gaslight by Eloise Williams (age 9+ £6.99)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laugh-out-Loud Bundle

Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink by Jennifer Killick (age 9+ £6.99)

Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake, illustrated by Martin Chatterton (age 7+ £5.99)

Thimble Holiday Havoc by Jon Blake, illustrated by Martin Chatterton (age 7+ £5.99)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laugh-out-Loud Super Bundle

Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink by Jennifer Killick (age 9+ £6.99)

Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake, illustrated by Martin Chatterton (age 7+ £5.99)

Thimble Holiday Havoc by Jon Blake, illustrated by Martin Chatterton (age 7+ £5.99)

Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Hannah Doyle (age 6+ £5.99)

Scrambled by Huw Davies (age 9+ £6.99)

 
 
 
 

For older readers

 
 
 
Scintillating Scifi Bundle

Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan (age 10+ £7.99)

Lost on Mars by Paul Magrs (age 10+ £7.99)

The Martian Girl by Paul Mages (age 10+ £7.99)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dark & Spooky YA Bundle

Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis (age 12+ £7.99)

Purge by Kat Ellis (age 14+ £7.99)

The Territory by Sarah Govett (age 12+ £7.99)

The Territory, Escape by Sarah Govett (age 12+ £7.99)

 
 
 
 
 
 
Friends First YA Bundle

Hope by Rhian Ivory (age 14+ £7.99)

The Boy Who Drew the Future by Rhian Ivory (age 12+ £7.99)

White Petals by Maria Grace (age 12+ £7.99)

 

The Jewelled Jaguar launched at Mr Bs Emporium

The Jewelled Jaguar a new title for 9-12s from Sharon Tregenza was launched at Mr Bs Emporium Bookshop in Bath last month.

Described as 'Fast-moving, with a great sense of the natural world as well as hints at supernatural beings – good and bad – this is a thoroughly satisfying tale of young people saving the day.' by Andrea Reece from Lovereading4kids.

 

With his mother is in hospital in a coma, Griffin has to stay with the uncle and aunt he hasn’t seen in years. His cousin Cinnamon doesn’t want him there. What’s going on? Is it something to do with the fabulous Aztec knife about to go on display in the museum? Is it really cursed? Griffin and Cinnamon will have to find a way to work together to survive when they are lured down into the secret tunnels…

The Jewelled Jaguar is Sharon's second middle grade title for Firefly, following the very popular The Shiver Stone (2014).

              

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds nominated for Carnegie Medal

A massive congratulations to author Horatio Clare for his CILIP Carnegie Medal nomination for Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds. The nomination joins a string of recent awards listings including the Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2018, 2018 UKLA Book Awards and Shrewsbury Best Book Award 2018.

This hilarious adventure from the star of Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot (winner of the Branford Boase Award 2016) sees the young hero shrunk to the size of a coin, ride on the back of a swallow and travel the web of time and space to Europe and back, with the help of a couple of spiders. But there’s trouble waiting for him back home where the Ladybirds have flown into Rushing Wood, only to find they’re not welcome…

 
 

Thimble Wreaks Havoc in Wrexham during Children's Book Week

Author Jon Blake and illustrator Martin Chatterton are meeting children at schools and libraries across Wrexham this week to launch Thimble Holiday Havoc, sequel to Lollies shortlisted Thimble Monkey Superstar as part of Children’s Book Week (13-17 November).

Thimble Holiday Havoc is the sequel to Thimble Monkey Superstar currently shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017 selected by Michael Rosen, and is the only Welsh book on the shortlist. Teachers, librarians, parents and children can vote for their favourite book to win on the LOLLIES shortlist at www.scholastic.co.uk/lollies, with voting set to end on December 8th ahead of a London party and winners’ ceremony in January 2018. #VoteThimble

Both books feature Jams, a young boy who uses a walker due to his cerebral palsy, and who is based on the author’s own son, Jordi (in photo above), who has CP. Jams lives with his mum and his dad, who is always trying, and failing, to get the better of the latest addition to the family – Thimble the monkey – in a series of madcap, laugh-out-loud adventures. When Mum organises a house swap holiday to France with Thimble on board, what can possibly go wrong…