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YA novel The Territory optioned for film


New Pictures, executive producer of Netflix’s The Innocents and producer of BBC One’s Requiem and The Missing, has optioned television and film rights to The Territory by Sarah Govett. Elaine Pyke acquired the rights from Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in a deal brokered by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsay on behalf of the Jane Turnbull Agency.

Described by The Guardian online as ‘the 1984 of our time’ and winner of the Trinity Schools Book Award and Gateshead YA Book Prize, The Territory is a gripping dystopian 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. But how can Noa compete when the system is skewed to favour rich kids who can upload information through a Node in the back of their neck? And how can she focus when her heart is being pulled in two directions?
 
 
Author Govett said of the announcement: ‘I’m really excited that New Pictures wanted to option the rights because they have such a great feel for teen entertainment and I think they will do a fantastic job visualising the dystopian storyline of The Territory. I wrote The Territory in order to highlight the environmental and educational challenges that teenagers are facing today, so I’m delighted about the prospect of seeing the books come to life on TV.'
 
Mark Casarotto said: ‘New Pictures’ decision to option the rights to The Territory couldn’t be more timely. Govett’s vision of a dystopian Britain, where climate change and educational inequality have created a bleak future for teenagers, resonates loudly with what is happening in the world today. Her strong female protagonist and friends are relatable, hopeful and inspiring all at once.’
 
The award-winning debut trilogy consists of The Territory (May 2015), The Territory: Escape (October 2016) and The Territory: Truth (April 2018). The critically acclaimed The Territory was shortlisted for The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize, won the Gateshead YA Book Prize in January 2017 and won the Trinity Schools Book Award 2018. All books are included in BookTrust’s recommended reads.

The Clockwork Crow shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019

 


THE CLOCKWORK CROW   PB   £6.99   AGES 9-12   202pp
 

We are very happy to announce that The Clockwork Crow, a magical middle-grade story of snow and stars from acclaimed author Catherine Fisher, has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 in the Best Story category.

The Clockwork Crow tells the story of spirited orphan Seren Rhys, and her cantankerous companion, the Crow, as they seek to unravel a mystery which takes them deep into a dangerous fairytale landscape.

Set in Victorian mid Wales The Clockwork Crow has been hailed as, ‘A marvellous book, and a book of marvels, shivery with suspense, snow and sinister magic,’ by New Statesman reviewer Amanda Craig. And writing in The Guardian Imogen Russell Williams said: ‘Full of deep fairytale resonance, Fisher’s writing stands out in the mind’s eye like blood drops on snow.’

Catherine Fisher said: ‘I am thrilled that The Clockwork Crow has reached the shortlist of such a prestigious award as the Blue Peter Book Award. I'm especially pleased for my publishers, Firefly, who worked so hard and have produced such an amazing cover. I hope everyone who reads the book enjoys Seren's adventures with the magical Crow.’

Firefly publisher Penny Thomas said: ‘We are so delighted that Catherine's magical tale has been shortlisted for this iconic award. She is one of the best fantasy writers in the UK today and this classic story enchants from the very first page.
 
'It's also really heartening for an independent children's publisher based in Wales to know that the Blue Peter judges are looking to all parts of the UK for a thrilling and diverse range of shortlist titles. We hope the voters love The Clockwork Crow as much as we do!'

The Clockwork Crow joins The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson and The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf on the shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 Best Story category. The winner will be voted for by children and announced on the Blue Peter show along with the Best Book with Facts category on World Book Day, 7 March 2019.

Find out about the Blue Peter Book Awards

 

Clockwork Crow swoops onto Blue Peter longlist

Firefly's new magical middle-grade story of snow and stars, The Clockwork Crow, by Catherine Fisher, has been longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 in the Best Story category.

Launched this month, The Clockwork Crow tells the story of spirited orphan Seren Rhys, and her cantankerous companion, the Crow, as they seek to unravel a mystery which takes them deep into a dangerous fairytale landscape.

Set in Victorian mid Wales the Christmas novel has been hailed as, ‘A marvellous book, and a book of marvels, shivery with suspense, snow and sinister magic,’ by Amanda Craig.  And writing in The Guardian Imogen Russell Williams said: ‘Full of deep fairytale resonance, Fisher’s writing stands out in the mind’s eye like blood drops on snow.’

‘We are so delighted that The Clockwork Crow has been longlisted for this iconic children’s award,' said Firefly publisher Penny Thomas. Catherine is one of the best fantasy writers in the UK today and this classic, thrilling tale enchants from the very first page, taking the reader on an adventure deep into our mythological past.’

Catherine Fisher added: ‘I am absolutely delighted that The Clockwork Crow has reached the Blue Peter longlist. It's an honour to be included among such talented company.’

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 has 10 titles longlisted for the Best Story category. The shortlist will be announced on the Blue Peter show on 8 November. 

Catherine Fisher, was Wales’ first Young People's Laureate (2011-2013) and has won a number of awards for her work. Her bestselling books include The Times Children’s Book of the year Incarceron, The Snow-Walker trilogy, the Oracle trilogy and the Chronoptika series. Find out more at www.catherine-fisher.com

To buy the Clockwork Crow order here

Half Price Halloween Sale

We are selling some of our spooky stories at half price including free P&P when bought through the Firefly Press website until 1 November 2018.

 
A magical school story perfect to read aloud to young witches and wizards


Grace-Ella is thrilled when black cat Mr Whiskins arrives. She’s always wanted a pet. But Mr Whiskins has a secret. On the ninth day of the ninth month of her ninth year, he tells her: Grace-Ella is a witch!
 
Being a witch is exciting but it isn’t easy. Will Grace-Ella’s best friends still want to be friends with her? Will she be any good at spells? Can she stop the school bully without revealing her magic and breaking the witches’ rules?
 
Grace-Ella’s adventures are about to begin…

Perfect for 6-9s.
 
 

 
 Funny, spooky stories that are great to share with little vampires and werewolves
 
 

Pete and his faithful companion, Blob the Basset Hound, love to go a-wandering in the pitch-dark night. But they get more than they bargain for when they stumble across a Van-load of Vampires, a Weirdness of Werewolves, a Herd of Horrible Hell-Hounds, a Bangity-Banging Bwca and finally end up at the most frightful Fancy Dress Party in History! 

Can Pete and Blob save the day (well, the night), or will The Horrors win?

Perfect for 6-9s.


BUY PETE AND THE FIVE-A-SIDE VAMPIRES HERE

 

An exciting supernatural adventure story for 8-12s
 
 
With his mother in hospital in a coma, Griffin has to stay with the uncle and aunt he hasn’t seen in years. His cousin Cinnamon doesn’t want him there. What’s going on? Is it something to do with the fabulous Aztec knife about to go on display in the museum? Is it really cursed? Griffin and Cinnamon will have to find a way to work together to survive when they are lured down into the secret tunnels…

'Fast-moving, with a great sense of the natural world as well as hints at supernatural beings – good and bad – this is a thoroughly satisfying tale of young people saving the day.' Andrea Reece, Lovereading4kids
 

A chilling paranormal thriller for YA readers
 

When Skylar Rousseau falls from Blackfin Pier and drowns on her sixteenth birthday, the whole town goes into mourning — until she shows up three months later like nothing happened. Unravelling the mystery of those missing months takes Sky to the burned-out circus in the woods, and whispers of murder and kidnapping. But Sky's not the only one with secrets... there's the haunted weathervane, the enigmatic circus ringmaster, and even the mysterious Blood House.

Everyone has something to hide, but nothing stays buried in Blackfin, a town that no one visits and hardly anyone ever leaves.


BUY BLACKFIN SKY HERE

 

Spooky Books Perfect for Halloween

On Halloween curl up with some of our latest chilling and spooky reads to get you in the mood.

A middle-grade ghost story that really gets under your skin
 

'She will come for you...'

Lark needs a break. Her mother is ill, her little sister has stopped speaking and she's fallen out with her best friend. When they go on holiday to the Welsh coast for autumn half term the sisters rush off to explore. But this freedom soon gets frightening. Is there a figure in the fog? What happened at the ruined house in the woods? Why does her sister keep drawing a girl in a green dress? As the storms get wilder and events get stranger, Lark must face a long-buried secret to save her family.

A chilling contemporary ghost story from the award-winning author of Gaslight.

'Brilliant. So atmospheric, and chilling, and gripping, but with real warmth at its heart.' Kiran Milwood-Hargrave

 
 
Three dark and chilling tales for YA readers
 

 

'YA as it should be - dangerous, dark and daring. I loved it.'  CJ Skuse

 
A red eye blinks in the darkness; a hidden door opens to a lost crypt; a life is held in the light of a flickering flame - welcome to Three Strikes.
 
Step into the unknown world of The Tribe with Kasha in THE DARKNESS by Lucy Christopher; be entranced by the ghostly voices of THE TWINS OF BLACKFIN by Kat Ellis, or lose yourself in a haunting retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Match Girl' - MATCHGIRL by Rhian Ivory. Whether you like your stories dark or darker, Three Strikes is the perfect under-the-covers read!

'Zinging with youthful energy, although suffused with sadness and mystery, these eerie, compelling stories are aimed at young adults, but will cast their spell on grandparents, parents and teenagers alike.' The Lady magazine


BUY THREE STRIKES HERE