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.

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