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A really big launch for laugh-out-loud debut, Alex Sparrow

New in for May


Alex Sparrow by Jennifer Killick

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. 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, author of Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen
‘Stuffed full of humour, mystery and the unexpected, this hilarious adventure is a laugh-out-loud extravaganza of a read.’ Booklover Jo
Thanks so much to everyone who packed into Waterstones Uxbridge for a wonderful launch for Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink by Jennifer Killick, out now! This debut novel for 8-12s is the first of a series of adventures for 'super bad-A' Alex and Jess, not to mention Dexter the pigeon and loveable, if demanding, goldfish, Bob.

The packed launch was full of goodies from Alex cakes to dressing up materials, games, posters, and plastic goldfish. And thanks so much to Jane at Waterstones for all her help in organising the marvellous evening. Jennifer, whose book is on the Summer Reading Challenge this year, is also embarking on a series of school and shop events, so watch this space!

Alex Sparrow has been selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017, along with Firefly title Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake, and both are available in all good bookshops and for libraries to order now through all usual distribution channels.




Award shortlisting for Alien Rain



Congratulations to Ruth Morgan, whose wonderful futuristic novel for young teens, Alien Rain, has been shortlisted for the Wales Children’s Tir na n-Og Awards 2017.

Alien Rain sees ordinary Martian teenager Bree, selected for a mission back to Earth. Surprised by the honour Bree travels to a future Cardiff where the arcades are jungles and ghosts haunt the national museum. But mystery surrounds her mission. What are the secrets of the past, and whose side should Bree be on, Earth or Mars?
The awards are sponsored by CILIP Wales and the Welsh Books Council with the winner announced on May 11. Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Books Council, said, ‘The titles that have reached the shortlist this year are evidence of the high standard of books for children and young people in Wales.’


Firefly author wins Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary

Congratulations to Kat Ellis for winning a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary. Kat’s stunning debut YA novel Blackfin Sky was one of Firefly’s very first titles in May 2014, while her most recent is Purge, a high-energy thriller for older teens.








Catch the Ladybirds at Hay Festival



Carnegie-longlisted author Horatio Clare will be launching the further adventures of Aubrey in Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds at the Hay Festival next month on Saturday 27 May at 4pm.
This hilarious new 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 …

Book your places here.




We are thrilled that Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan has been shortlisted for the Tir na-n'Og Award, a prize for the best children's book of the year set in Wales.

As the judges say, Alien Rain is 'A science fiction novel set on Mars in the year 3016. Earth has been abandoned and the novel’s characters live in a scaled-down replica of Cardiff within a dome.' It's a hugely exciting adventure with an unforgetable heroine and everyone at Firefly is delighted to see Ruth acknowledged on the award shortlist.  Helen Jones, the Welsh Books Council's Head of Children's Books and Reading Promotion, noted, "The variety of books on this year's shortlist is really encouraging. Our aim is to foster a love of reading, from the youngest toddler to young adults."

Congratulations to Ruth and all the shortlisted authors in Welsh and English. See the full list here: