Song Day

Song Day

Thanks to everyone who attended the launch of The Song that Sings Us by Nicola Davies… on the first-ever Song Day (October 14th).

Dark forces are destroying nature. Those with the ability to listen to animal thoughts stand in their way. Who will triumph in this epic conflict?

‘Glorious and visionary with epic adventures and beautiful characters!’ – Dara McAnulty

Raised by her mum to protect her younger siblings Ash and Xeno. But when they are separated she must make her own journey to find her family, and the mysterious island her mother spoke of.
Lost without his family, Ash finds unexpected new friendship from fellow travellers: a wolverine who apparently adopts him, and a ship’s crew lead by a magnificent tiger.
Fragile yet unbreakable, Xeno is kidnapped by the Automators and faces great danger … but the birds sing her another story.

When animals talk, it’s time humans listened.

A sister raised to protect. Twins with a forbidden power. Deadly pursuit, a dangerous journey … and a secret melody.

In a thrilling and dangerous adventure Harlon, Ash and Xeno must journey alone through the ice fields, forests and oceans of Rumyc to try to rescue each other and fulfil a mysterious promise made to their mother.

The Song that Sings Us features a gorgeous cover and internal artwork from Jackie Morris.

Jackie and Nicola have been firm friends for many years, both have a passion for the wild world and a belief in active hope. This is the first time they have worked together.

‘Vivid and original, this is a story for now.’  Helen Scales

Firefly joins Publishers Association’s sustainability pledge

Firefly joins Publishers Association’s sustainability pledge

Firefly Press is proud to be among the 39 founding signatories to the Publishers Association’s Publishing Declares sustainability pledge.

The purpose of Publishing Declares is to raise awareness of the sustainability issues most relevant to the UK book and journal publishing industry; to aid the discovery of existing tools and resources and to inspire action that results in sustained behaviour change.

Co-founder and publisher of Firefly Press Penny Thomas said: “At Firefly we want to produce our books sustainably, and keep telling stories that will help and inspire in the urgent battle to protect our world. Climate change, use of resources and biodiversity loss are challenges we all face, which is why it’s so positive that organisations like The Publisher’s Association are supporting publishers large and small to take action.”

The signatories pledge to:

  1. Join the global climate effort to limit warming to 1.5°C by setting ambitious, measurable targets across our own operations and extended supply chain to achieve net zero as soon as possible and by 2050 at the latest.
  2. Protect nature and biodiversity, working with supply chain partners that are resource efficient, use sustainable materials and processes wherever possible in the content we produce, and constantly innovating to make use of new and recycled materials.
  3. Collaborate with our peers, authors, illustrators, supply chain partners, and business partners to translate our climate aspirations and commitments into tangible actions to safeguard our planet for future generations.
  4. Empower our colleagues to become climate literate and support them to bring that knowledge into the work that they do.
  5. Use our expertise, platform, and voice to raise awareness and drive positive climate action wherever we can.

To find out more and join the Pledge, visit the Publishers Association website.

Firefly signs Fayers’ out of this world middle-grade adventure

Firefly signs Fayers’ out of this world middle-grade adventure

Penny Thomas, Publisher at award-winning children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press, has acquired world rights in middle-grade sci-fi adventure Lethe by author Claire Fayers, from Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.

Fern and Tapper should never have met. Fern lives with her inventor dad in Swansea, the capital city of Earth. Tapper comes from a galaxy far, far away and his space submarine has only stopped at Earth for an emergency repair. But when Fern’s dad loses his memory, Fern and Tapper set off into the Lethe, one of the great rivers of space, to save him.
Lethe is a joyous, wildly imaginative mash-up of Greek myth and science fiction, full of extraordinary worlds and characters.

‘We’re long-standing fans of Claire’s work and delighted to welcome her to Firefly,’ said Thomas. ‘Lethe is a fun, fantastical adventure full of inventiveness, humour and great characters, and we can’t wait to publish it!’

Claire Fayers said: ‘I’m thrilled to be joining Firefly on this fantastic voyage. The whole team has been so enthusiastic and welcoming, and I’m looking forward to the adventures ahead.’

The novel is slated for publication in 2023.

Firefly signs fiery middle-grade dragon debut

Firefly signs fiery middle-grade dragon debut

Penny Thomas, Publisher at award-winning children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in debut MG novel Fireblood by author Sam Stewart, from Lucy Irvine at Peters Fraser and Dunlop.

Dragons don’t exist. But they used to…

In an attempt to save their father, Finn and Tula are sucked from their very familiar Bristol home into a world they never knew even existed. Discovering their father’s involvement with dragons, the siblings must help save him and the world they know, and discover the truth of their heritage.

‘Delving into dragon lore and mythology, Fireblood is a truly heart-racing adventure,’ said editor Leonie Lock. ‘The bond between Finn and Tula is so moving and Sam’s worldbuilding is exquisite. Complete with subtle nods to Welsh history and culture, this title is sure to shine on any middle-grade bookshelf.’

Sam Stewart said: ‘I’m delighted that the inspiring Firefly team has taken Fireblood under their wing. It has been years in the making, and is a story not just of flight and flame, fear and fury but of family and friendship too. It is very close to my heart. I hope the pace, magic and mystery of it will enthrall readers far and wide.’

Sam Stewart - photo copyright (c) Helen Marsden
Sam Stewart
(photo copyright Helen Marsden)

The novel is slated for publication in spring 2023.

Firefly signs amazing sausage dog tale

Firefly signs amazing sausage dog tale

Author Terrie Chilvers with cute dog Snoop

Penny Thomas, Publisher at award-winning children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in debut MG novel Michael the Amazing Mind-reading Sausage Dog by Terrie Chilvers, from Alice Williams at Alice Williams Literary.

Michael’s dream is to go from being an unknown pup to a Hollywoof sensation and global superstar. But becoming famous is no walkies in the park…

Thomas said: ‘We’re delighted to secure this hilarious story. Terrie has created a real star turn in Michael and we can’t wait to bring his adventures to his fans.’

‘The whole Firefly team fell in love with Michael’s charisma and charm,’ said editor Leonie Lock. ‘And I hope he inspires a new generation to aim high.’

Terrie Chilvers said: ‘I’m really excited to be working with Firefly and can’t wait for readers to get their paws on Michael’s story. I knew Firefly were the right publisher for me when Penny’s dog kicked off our first Zoom call with some vigorous digging and snuffling off camera. Firefly have some amazing authors and illustrators on their books and I’m proud to be joining the ranks.’

The book is slated for publication in spring 2023.

Firefly signs moving middle grade on selective mutism

Firefly signs moving middle grade on selective mutism

Penny Thomas, Publisher at children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Call Me Lion by Camilla Chester from Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates.

‘I’m not stupid. I’m not weird. I’m not ill. I’m Leo. I’m Leo and I’ve just turned ten. I’m Leo, I’ve just turned ten and I still can’t talk. There are lots of things I can do. I can dance, I can understand complicated words like humiliation and catatonic and I can bounce freestyle on my trampoline. But none of this matters when you can’t talk.’

Leo loves to dance. But he thinks it’s impossible to have friends when he can’t talk. So why is Richa, the girl who has just moved in next door still trying? There’s a heatwave in Luton and it’s too hot for him to think about all of this complicated stuff. But Leo’s life is about to change…

Call Me Lion is a testament to the power of friendship, understanding, communication and expression in all its forms.

‘This is such a wonderful, bittersweet but happy book,’ said Thomas. ‘The characters bubble with life and energy, and we are delighted to be publishing their story.’

Camilla Chester said: ‘Firefly is exactly the right publisher for both myself and Call Me Lion. I feel in very safe hands and excited about the next part of our journey.’

The novel is slated for publication in summer 2022.