Tales of dragons, ladybirds, and suspense in the dark streets of Victorian Cardiff are just some of the stories to be published this spring with the help of new three-year investment from the Welsh Books Council announced today.
Sophie Finds a Fairy Door by Laura Sheldon, illustrated by Erica Jane Waters
Dragon Red by Shoo Rayner
Gaslight by Eloise Williams
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds by Horatio Clare, illustrated by Jane Matthews
Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink by Jennifer Killick
Here we are, Christmas Eve, and to end our Advent calendar on a real high, we have Rhian Ivory's The Boy Who Drew The Future, which is nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2017, and shortlisted for the Cumbria Secondary Schools' Book Award, the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year, the Shropshire Libraries Teenage Book of the Year 2017 and the Wirral Paperback of the Year 2017. So potentially it could be a very exciting year in 2017 for Rhian and her novel!
It tells the parallel stories of two boys, one in the past and one in the present, with this strange curse to draw pictures they can't understand that then come true. You can find out more HERE, including the wonderful endorsements we've had, and HERE is an interview with Rhian and our fellow Firefly author Eloise Williams.
So if you feel like a story to curl up with this Christmas, if you feel like something 'tense, atmospheric, creepy and romantic' as Lee Weatherly said, here is one suggestion, available as book or e-book...
Thank you for following our Christmas advent calendar, and thank you all our lovely authors. May everyone at Firefly wish you a very merry Christmas this year - we hope you are where you want to be with who you want to be with, warm and well fed, and with some great stories to entertain you! And may we all have a very happy, peaceful 2017.
Our Eve of Christmas Eve book is Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis, one of our first and still our favourites. Blackfin is like nowhere else, a place to lose yourself in - you can find out more HERE and see the terrific trailer for the book HERE, to give you a flavour of the mystery.
When I asked Kat what she was looking forward to this Christmas, she gave me this answer (and a brilliant picture of her in her Christmas jumper!):
- (hopefully) sledging!
We are ending our advent calendar with three books for 11+ readers that we feel are perfect to lose yourself in during the holidays. The first is White Petals, the debut novel by Maria Grace, a moving story of friendship and family. You can read more HERE, see Maria's blog HERE and see Maria's brilliant trailer for the book HERE, to give you a flavour of the story and the unforgetable, lovable heroine, Emmeline. A key part of the book happens at Christmas, so it is the perfect holiday read, but I can't say more without spoiling it!
As well as writing her wonderful novel, Maria was inspired to run a competition for illustrators 11-19 to illustrate the headings for each chapter. Thanks to her hard work promoting it, we were able to include 37 amazing pieces of work, including the two here that were for the Christmas chapters, by Brandon Wangiel (right top) and Lily Beer-Doblon (right lower). All the young illustrators add so much to this very special book.