Penny Thomas, publisher at award-winning children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press has acquired World rights in Bigfoot Island by Roderick O’Grady, from Abi Sparrow at the SP Agency.
The acquisition is the sequel to middle-grade tale Bigfoot Mountain – which portrays a remote and fragile North American environment where the legendary bigfoots still roam the forests. Now
the harmonious natural world of Minnie, her stepfather, Dan, and young bigfoot, Kaayii, is threatened when intruders arrive by land and sea.
‘I am thrilled that Firefly is helping to continue the story of Minnie and Kaayii, as their adventures move over to Bigfoot Island,’ said O’Grady. ‘With five new characters, caves, canoes and surprises it
was a joy to write.’
‘Bigfoot Mountain is a sensitive and evocative story of grief and healing in a beautifully realised natural world, and Bigfoot Island broadens and deepens this story,’ said Thomas. ‘We are delighted
with this compelling sequel, which will publish in spring 2023.’
Bigfoot Island will again feature the evocative cover and internal illustrations of Jess Mason.
Praise for Bigfoot Mountain, selected for the Welsh SchoolsLoveReading project:
‘The book explores family, friendship, dealing with loss and the importance of protecting the environment. This will sweep you away to the mountains for a wild adventure.’ The Week Junior
Book of the Week
‘A beautiful and engrossing tale of a mighty child, a magnificent forest and the mysteries which bind us all in the best ways – this is a rich and powerful book, a real triumph of love, wisdom and
storytelling.’ Horatio Clare
‘Bigfoot Mountain transports readers into the heart of the forest and allows them to see the wild from the perspective of the beings who know it best. A skilful interweaving of modern family
relationships and wilderness adventure.’ Nicola Davies
‘An innovative and moving story, filled with wonderful descriptions of the West Coast wilderness.’ Tyler Keevil
‘Bigfoot Mountain is a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying read.’ Just Imagine