Firefly signs second Crater Lake book from Jennifer Killick

Firefly signs second Crater Lake book from Jennifer Killick

Firefly publisher, Penny Thomas, has acquired World rights in a second Crater Lake novel by popular middle-grade author Jennifer Killick, from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates.

Described as ‘howlingly funny horror for beginners’, Crater Lake published on 19 March and sold through immediately, reprinting despite the UK lockdown. It tells the story of a group of friends who find themselves plunged into the Year Six school trip from hell at a creepy new activity centre, and was picked as Times Children’s Book of the Week in early March and the #PrimarySchoolBookClub choice for April.

Crater Lake is a stunningly good, funny, scary adventure story, and we are delighted with the success it has achieved, and the love it has been shown. We hope it’s providing great entertainment and adventure for readers despite the difficult times we are all living in, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to publish what promises to be an equally humorous and terrifying sequel next year.’ Penny Thomas, editor

‘I’m so excited to be hanging out with Lance, Chets, Katja, Mak and Ade, again, and looking forward to putting them through some terrifying moments, and, of course, lots of fun, too!’ Jennifer Killick, author

Crater Lake is ‘just the right sort of scary and spirited, with plenty of Killick’s trademark humour.’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Firefly acquires powerful YA debut by Luke Palmer

Firefly acquires powerful YA debut by Luke Palmer

Firefly publisher, Penny Thomas, has acquired World rights in Grow, a tense and compelling YA novel by debut author Luke Palmer, from Jane Finnigan at Lutyens and Rubenstein.

Fifteen-year-old Josh is struggling to cope with his father’s recent death at the hands of terrorists when he is targeted by a white supremacist group and its violent leader. Will he find the strength to resist, and can his unlikely friendship with Dana help him plant something good in the space grief has left inside him? 

Grow is a tense and unflinching YA novel of our social landscape, woven through with redemptive strands of love, friendship and nature. Luke Palmer is a talented writer and we are delighted to sign this powerful and lyrical novel.’ Penny Thomas 

Luke Palmer is a school teacher and poet, and has a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. Grow is his first novel, which will be published in Spring 2021.

Elen’s Island by Eloise Williams features on BBC2’s Great British Menu

Elen’s Island by Eloise Williams features on BBC2’s Great British Menu

Elen’s Island by Children’s Laureate Wales Eloise Williams featured in this week’s Great British Menu where the inspiration for dishes is drawn from the best of British children’s literature.

Chef Georgia Sommerin chose Elen’s Island for her fish course, and created a stunning and playful picnic complete with edible pebble and a ‘sandy’ beach. The Firefly Team thought it was brilliant, and despite Georgia going out in the first round, we’re sure she’s got an amazing career ahead of her.

‘At 20 years old, Georgia Sommerin from Pontypridd is the youngest chef in the competition. Despite her youth, she has been working in her dad James Sommerin’s Michelin-starred kitchen since she was 13 and is now its sous chef. Determined and ambitious, Georgia hopes her cooking, which is centred around seasonal and local ingredients, will take her all the way to the banquet.’ BBC website

Eloise is currently reading chapters from her book Elen’s Island for Book Trust’s Home Time, aimed at helping children learning from home during the Covid-19 lockdown. Here’s chapter one…

Eloise’s husband, artist Guy Manning, has also created fantastic costal colouring sheets to accompany the book.

Firefly hires Leonie Lock as Assistant Editor

Firefly hires Leonie Lock as Assistant Editor

With thanks to Books Council Wales’ funding, Firefly have created a new, part-time Assistant Editor role to expand the existing team. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve appointed Leonie Lock, who has been a bookseller specialising in children’s books for the last eight years, and has a passion for Children’s and Young Adults fiction. Alongside working for Firefly, she is finishing her degree in English and Drama at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

“I’m super excited and honoured to join the Firefly team, and I cannot wait to get stuck in and help publish more brilliant books!” Leonie commented on securing the post. “I’ve always been dedicated to promoting reading, and although disguised as a grown up, still love children’s books!”

Get Creative with Firefly’s Eggtastic Competition

Get Creative with Firefly’s Eggtastic Competition

You could win a Firefly book of your choice with our eggtastic Easter competition! Just let your imagination fly and create an egg to scramble our minds, boil our brains (in a good way!) and generally crack open a smile.

How to enter: Tweet a picture or video of your eggstravagent creation to @FireflyPress by 5pm on Friday 17 April to be in with a chance to win. You can download and print this handy egg template if you want to design a 2D egg, but you can also paint or decorate a 3D egg in any way you choose.

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can email your pictures or videos to hello@fireflypress.co.uk using the subject heading Easter Competition. We will then tweet your picture for you. UK entries only please.

We can’t wait to see your crackin’ ideas! To get you inspired, here’s some eggstraordinary eggs created by Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting author, Robin Bennett, and his family…

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