Firefly publisher, Penny Thomas, has acquired world rights in Safe from author Vanessa Harbour, a sequel to Branford Boase Award longlisted Flight, and slated for publication in autumn 2022.

In the chaotic last days of World War II, Jacob and Kizzy are tricked into a journey that goes very wrong. They escape, but must hide in an extraordinary empty mansion which shelters not only forty abandoned horses but a small band of lost children, displaced by the war. Kizzy and Jacob face a terrifying task – can they get them all home?

Flight was selected for Empathy Lab’s Read for Empathy Collection 2020, shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards 2019, and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019. It has just been published in hardback in the US by Feiwel & Friends Books.

‘Vanessa has created a brilliant, huge-hearted adventure, set in the anarchy at the end of a war. It’s frightening and yet so hopeful, driven by the preciousness of every life. Most of all, it is the story of a friendship. This time Kizzy and Jacob don’t have Heinz to guide them – they have to rely completely on each other.’

Janet Thomas, Editor

‘I have loved taking Kizzy and Jakob on an adventure again. The strength of their two characters ensures they can face all the difficult and dangerous challenges as one.’

Vanessa Harbour, Author
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