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Firefly Day at Waterstones Aberystwyth

This Saturday, October 1st, we'll be hosting a Firefly Day at Waterstones Aberystwyth.

At 11am, we'll be launching Sharon Marie Jones's first book, Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners.  Sharon will be reading from the book and signing copies - don't miss out!

At 2pm, we'll be having reading and games with Sharon and two other of our Dragonfly authors, Eloise Williams, who wrote the adventure Elen's Island, and Sarah Todd Taylor, who will be reading from her hilarious novel Arthur and Me.  

Come and join us for stories, games and cake - it's going to be magic!

Tenby Book Fair this weekend!

This weekend we'll be at the Tenby Book Fair, with Sharon Tregenza, Eloise Williams and Sharon Marie Jones, as well as many other authors and publishers. You can find the programme here.  It's a wonderfully friendly event with a warm welcoming atmosphere and lots of new authors to meet.  Come and join us!

   

 

 

 

New YA thrillers, Purge and The Martian Girl hit the shelves

Watch out for our great new autumn YA titles, Purge, The Martian Girl, and The Territory, Escape - coming soon to a bookshop near you or available with free p and p here! 

Futuristic thriller Purge by Kat Ellis (Blackfin Sky) and The Martian Girl, second in the amazing Lora trilogy from Paul Magrs, hit the shelves on September 8th, while The Territory, Escape from Sarah Govett continues the adventures of Noa, Jack and Raf this October. Preorder here or take a look in a bookshop near you!

 

Meet Firefly authors at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Sat 27 Aug 5:00pm - 6:00pm   Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab   £5.00

Breaking the Spell with Horatio Clare (author of Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, winner of the Branford Boase Award 2016)
AGE 8-12
 
Aubrey's father has fallen under a terrible spell. To save him, Aubrey must do the impossible and fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself – the Terrible Yoot. In his award-winning first foray into children's fiction, highly-acclaimed Welsh author Horatio Clare brings us a big-hearted, original piece of storytelling which explores the difficult subject of depression with verve and vigour.
 
Book tickets here
 
Sarah Govett, author of the acclaimed dystopian thriller The Territory will also be appearing on the Schools Programme on 26 August.
 
 

Firefly storytellers at the Peaches and Chocolate Summer Picnics, Insole Court, Llandaff, Cardiff

 

 
 
To celebrate Roald Dahl 100, Firefly has partnered with Insole Court’s annual Summer Sunday Picnics on 7 and 21 August, where Firefly authors and illustrators Dan Anthony, Eloise Williams and Huw Davies will read from their favourite Roald Dahl books and treat children to fun drawing and writing sessions where they will be inspired to create their own stories. 
 
Roald Dahl lived in Llandaff, just around the corner from the Firefly office, until the age of nine and it is here where the famous sweet shop immortalised in his autobiography Boy is located.
 

The Summer Reading Challenge is here…

 

 
Libraries across the UK will be running the The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 throughout the summer starting this weekend. Children aged between 4 and 11 are challenged to read 6 or more books over the summer holidays and can read any book they like. To help them chose there is a themed list of books selected by The Reading Agency including Firefly titles Aubrey and the Terrible YootPete and the Five-A-Side Vampires and Dragon Gold.      

 

Summer reading – Firefly recommends:

 
For 7-9 year olds

NEW COVER LOOK! Elen's Island ... When her parents send her to stay with a grandmother she hardly knows for the summer, Elen is furious. Gran lives on a tiny island and doesn’t want her to stay either - it’s not an easy start...
 
 
If you loved Dragon Gold, follow Harri’s new adventures with Tan in Dragon White  – but watch out, there’s a new dragon in town…
 
 
Steve and the Singing Pirates … Summer holidays loom but there’s no let up in piano lessons for unmusical Steve. But when the Library of Dreams lands him in the 18th century world of pirates and pistols at dawn, Steve finds the baton can be mightier than the cutlass… with hilarious drawings from Huw Aaron.
 
 

 
Thimble Monkey Superstar ... Life is never boring now that Jams and his family have a monkey to look after. Jams and his mum love Thimble, but Dad is determined to get rid of him - to a zoo, a school, even a demolition site... a laugh out loud story from best-selling author Jon Blake.
 
 
For 9-12 year olds
 
Alien Rain ... She came on a mission. She is trained to fight. But what Bree really needs to do is listen... Bree is an ordinary teenage girl living in a Martian city where everyone dreams of going back to Earth. Struggling in school, she is amazed when she is chosen for a mission to Earth, a rare honour usually only for the highest achieving pupils. Why has she been picked...?
 

 
 
Scrambled ... 14-year-old 'model pupil' Davidde lives with his dad after his mother died. His father does his best, but when a new headteacher starts at his south Wales valleys school, Davidde is unfairly labelled a troublemaker. To the horror of his teachers, Davidde finds a new passion for mortorcycle scrambling...
 
 
Teen and YA
 
The Territory ... A gripping fantasy thriller set in a future Britain where unflooded land is scarce. Everyone must pass an exam at 15 to stay in The Territory or be exiled to the disease-ridden Wetlands…
 

White Petals ... An unforgettable YA novel about friendship and family. Emmeline has been trying to hold her family together since her dad died. Now her mum’s been sectioned, everyone’s split up and she has to live in a care home. Just for three months...