Firefly acquires rights for The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith sequel

Firefly acquires rights for The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith sequel

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith Loris Owen

Middle Grade adventure The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith debuted in 2020 and featured riddles for puzzle lovers hidden within the pages. The story is set in ‘Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy’, a faraway school of inventions. Russian rights to the first book have recently been sold.

Firefly Publisher Penny Thomas has also acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in the second in the Quicksmiths series, from Anne Clark at the Anne Clark Literary Agency, slated for publication in spring 2022. ‘Like the first Quicksmiths book, the sequel is a thrilling and daring story, perfect for puzzlers and children with boundless curiosity about science and the universe itself,’ added Thomas.

We’re hiring! Come and join the Firefly Team – two posts available

We’re hiring! Come and join the Firefly Team – two posts available

Do you want to be part of a growing, award-winning, independent children’s publisher?

We’re looking for two new team members to join Firefly Press, in the roles of Administration Officer and Designer.

For more information, a full job description and details of salary for either job, please contact penny.thomas@fireflypress.co.uk

Deadline for both posts is 5pm on Friday 12th February.

Administration Officer | 3 days per week

Firefly Press is looking for an organised and enthusiastic Administration Officer to work from our Cardiff-based office and from home as applicable, to join our award-winning children’s publishing team.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Strong organisational experience and communication skills 
  • Experience in Microsoft Office essential, and Google drive desirable
  • The ability to work as part of a small, dynamic team
  • The ability to work to deadlines and tight schedules
  • A-level or above qualifications
  • Publishing/book trade and office experience desirable but not essential

For more information, a full job description, and details of salary please contact penny.thomas@fireflypress.co.uk

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to Penny Thomas penny.thomas@fireflypress.co.uk

Deadline for applications – 5pm Friday 12th February 2021

Firefly Press is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This applies to all our employment practices.

Designer | 3 days per week

Firefly Press has an exciting opportunity for an experienced designer to play a key role in digital and print design across our award-winning range of books for five to 19 year olds.

Working primarily from home, the successful applicant will have excellent design skills and the ability to work across marketing and editorial projects.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Excellent design skills
  • Experience of working as a creative designer in an editorial or marketing capacity
  • Excellent technical skills including proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Creative and collaborative approach
  • Good multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to work to schedule and to tight deadlines

For more information, a full job description, and details of salary please contact penny.thomas@fireflypress.co.uk

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to Penny Thomas penny.thomas@fireflypress.co.uk

Deadline for applications – 5pm Friday 12th February 2021

Firefly Press is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This applies to all our employment practices.

Firefly acquires debut middle-grade from book blogger Jo Clarke

Firefly acquires debut middle-grade from book blogger Jo Clarke

Jo Clarke

Firefly Press has acquired World English rights for the debut middle-grade detective story Libby and the Parisian Puzzle by popular book blogger and school librarian Jo Clarke (AKA BookloverJo) from Alice Williams at Alice Williams Literary. Publishing in April 2022, Libby and the Parisian Puzzle is the first in a projected series set in a school that travels the world, and will be illustrated by Becka Moor.  

In Libby and the Parisian Puzzle, mystery-lover Libby is excited but nervous when she’s sent to live with her aunt, while her mother is working abroad. Her aunt runs an extraordinary travelling school that moves from country to country. Libby joins it in Paris, where she is just starting to find her feet and make friends, when she’s devastated to see her aunt, the headteacher, arrested for a daring robbery. Can Libby and her new best friend Connie find out who set her up and save her aunt?

‘I am thrilled to be publishing my debut with Firefly Press, their enthusiasm and excitement about Libby and the Parisian Puzzle from the start convinced me that I had found the perfect home. I’m a huge fan of illustrated fiction so am absolutely delighted that the brilliant Becka Moor will be illustrating my book. As a school librarian and book blogger I have a huge passion for children’s books and it’s my dream come true to have my own book published. I’ve loved writing this book and can’t wait for readers to meet Libby and Connie as they travel the world, solving mysteries along the way.’

Jo Clarke, Author

‘Libby is everything a reader wants in a detective, brilliant at solving puzzles and driven by bravery, loyalty and kindness. Jo has given her a genuinely satisfying mystery to solve, full of clues for readers to spot. It’s packed with vivid characters, good and bad, that will burst to life in Becka Moor’s illustrations. And who wouldn’t love to go to a school that travels the world?! It’s a truly special story and I am so excited we’re publishing it.’ 

Janet Thomas, Editor
Becka Moor

Savage Sports series: Firefly Press nets its first non-fiction

Savage Sports series: Firefly Press nets its first non-fiction

As reported in The Bookseller today, Firefly have acquired world rights for Robin Bennett‘s Stupendous Sports series for 7-11 year olds, which kicks off with Rampaging Rugby in August 2021, followed by Cool Cricket and Fabulous Football. Each chapter will include cartoons, special player tips, irreverent explanations, fascinating facts and funny stories, and will be illustrated by Matt Cherry.

Rampaging Rugby will publish in time for the Bicentenary of Rugby in 2023 with the forward and pro tips by Conrad Smith, ex All Black and double World Cup winner.

‘The central aim of the Stupendous Sports series is to teach kids about the sport but with a light touch and just as much about the spirit of the game as the rules. My hope is that the series does for PE what Horrible Histories did for Year 7 History with Mr Simkin.’

Robin Bennett

Did you know…?

  • Rugby started when Webb Ellis picked up a football during a game and ran with it? (He cheated, basically)
  • Basketball was created by a rugby coach who wanted an indoor sport to keep his players fit off-season
  • Rugby is played in 119 countries and has over 400 million fans

Rising Stars Wales Award 2021: Call out for submissions

Rising Stars Wales Award 2021: Call out for submissions

We’re delighted to partner with Literature Wales and launch a call out for submissions for the next Rising Stars Wales Award 2021, the second round of an initiative to identify and nurture talented children’s poets from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds based in Wales, with the view to publish an anthology of their work.

In November 2019, Literature Wales and Firefly Press collaborated on the Rising Stars Wales 2020 Award, a new initiative open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children’s poets living in Wales. The award discovered new talent, provided opportunities, and spotlighted three talented emerging individuals. The poets continue to develop as writers and gain further opportunities as a result of the award. And we were so impressed with 2020 winner Alex Wharton, that we signed his debut children’s poetry collection, Daydreams and Jellybeans, which will be published in January 2021.

Find out more about how to submit poetry for the award here.

‘I am deeply grateful accepting this award, I feel it recognizes my passion and dedication for writing Children’s Poetry. It has already opened up a terrific opportunity for me as the wonderful people at Firefly Press will be publishing my full collection of poems Daydreams and Jellybeans early next year. Poems are to be shared, they find the people who need them – and the award has enabled a wider platform for my words. It’s exciting and I am very thankful.’ 

Alex Wharton, Rising Star Wales Award 2020 winner

‘Just as no language can cover the full range of human experience, so no writer has a monopoly on the way we see the world. Stories are a net, the wider we cast it, the more connections we make. This is why Quarto Translations is proud to sponsor the Rising Stars Wales Award.’

Robin Bennett, Founder and Managing Director, Quarto Translations
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